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US 3rd nor’easter fouls roads, moods as millions face cleanup

13:00  14 march  2018
13:00  14 march  2018 Source:   ap.org

Half a million still without power after storm in U.S. Northeast

  Half a million still without power after storm in U.S. Northeast Some 500,000 customers remained without power throughout the eastern United States on Sunday evening and New England coastal communities faced more flooding two days after a powerful storm snapped trees, downed wires and killed at least nine people. The remnants of the storm, known as a nor'easter, lingered on Sunday, with the National Weather Service posting coastal flood advisories in effect until Monday morning in much of the U.S. Northeast even after the storm had passed.Some half a million customers still lacked power, according to data provided by 10 major utilities in the Middle Atlantic, Midwest and Northeast.

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Power slowly coming back 3 days after nor'easter

  Power slowly coming back 3 days after nor'easter Power is slowly being restored in the hardest-hit areas of the East Coast, days after a destructive nor'easter downed trees and power lines, flooded coastal towns and forced a number of school districts to cancel classes — all with another storm forecast for midweek .Residents from Virginia to Massachusetts faced a massive cleanup Monday following the storm, which was blamed for nine deaths, including two children struck by trees. Utility crews worked around the clock to restore power to the affected areas, as nearly 300,000 are struggled without electricity.

BOSTON— A fierce nor'easter lashed the Northeast with hurricane-force winds, heavy snow and widespread power outages and on Wednesday millions of people faced yet another cleanup.

With spring tantalizingly in their grasp after the switch to daylight saving time, many were left shaking their heads — and wielding shovels they had hoped would not be needed again — after the third major storm in two weeks buried some towns beneath 2 feet (0.61 meters) of snow on Tuesday.

"The groundhog was right. Six more weeks of winter, and probably then some," Paul Knight, of Portland, Maine, said as snow accumulated on his eyebrows.

The National Weather Service said Derry, New Hampshire, got 25 inches (63 centimeters). Burrillville, Rhode Island, and Kezar Falls, Maine, both got 20 inches (51 centimeters).

Powerful nor'easter uncovers shipwreck off Maine coast

  Powerful nor'easter uncovers shipwreck off Maine coast The nor'easter that battered the New England coast has once again revealed a shipwreck's remains on Short Sands Beach in York, Maine. The York Police Department posted photos Monday that show the skeleton of a ship that's believed to be a sloop more than 160 years old. The Maine Historic Preservation Commission believes the 51-foot-long hull dates to the era between the Revolutionary War and Civil War.The shipwreck is normally covered by sand, but became a curiosity when it was uncovered in 1958. Since then, it has been seen several other times, most recently five years ago.

High winds and blowing snow led meteorologists to categorize the storm as a blizzard in parts of New England, including Boston. Gusts approached 70 mph on Cape Cod, the weather service said.

At one point, more than a quarter-million people were without power in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

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Utility companies said they would have extra crews out on Wednesday to restore power to those still without it.

Amtrak suspended all service on Tuesday between Boston and New York City. The railroad later announced that most service between the two cities would resume on Wednesday.

Road and air travel also was disrupted: Slick roads were blamed for at least one death in North Carolina, and the flight-tracking site FlightAware reported more than 1,500 canceled flights.

Janice James' house in Osterville on Cape Cod was in the dark again after losing power for three days in the last storm. James and her four children spent the day eating baked goods she made before the storm and hoping the lights and heat would come back soon.

"We are freezing," the 39-year-old said.

In Rhode Island, the snow did not stop residents from getting to church. In East Greenwich, the Rev. Bernard Healey said he celebrated noon Mass with "two hearty souls" who came despite the nor'easter.

"If I lost power, we'd (still) celebrate Mass," Healey said. "We would just use more candles."

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Robert F. Bukaty in Portland, Maine; Jennifer McDermott in Warwick, Rhode Island; and William J. Kole in Bourne, Massachusetts, contributed to this report.


4 deaths blamed on fourth nor'easter in three weeks .
At least four people have died in this nor'easter that brought snow, poor visibility and slippery conditions to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.The death toll from the fourth nor'easter in three weeks to slam the Northeast stood at four Thursday as millions of Americans dug out and returned to work.

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