Storm Batters Northeast, Thousands Without Power, 5,300 Flights Cancelled, N.Y. Airports Reopen

By Paul Riegler on 9 February 2013
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First flight landing at LaGuardia Saturday morning

First flight landing at LGA Saturday morning

Editor’s note: An updated report on the storm may be found here.

The massive storm that hit the Northeast on Friday continued to pummel the region overnight, dumping over two feet of snow in many places.    Thousands in the region awoke to buried cars and record snowdrifts.

Five states declared state of emergency on Friday as the storm barreled to the Northeast.  The governors of Massachusetts and Connecticut signed orders banning cars from the road on Friday as well.  In New York, hundreds of cars were stuck on the Long Island Expressway Friday afternoon and some were still there Saturday morning.

The storm built up strength in the overnight period and winds in the Boston area hit 70 mph (113 km/h).  Portland, Maine saw a record-breaking 29.3” of snow by Saturday morning according to the National Weather Service and more was expected.  Meanwhile, in that state, Gorham had 32.9”, Windham, 28”, and Kennebunkport, 26”.  In Massachusetts, Worcester recorded 28” and Logan International Airport in Boston reported 21”.

In New York State, parts of Long Island reported more than two feet and Brookhaven reported 30”.  In New York City, Central Park in Manhattan had recorded 11.4” by the time the snowstorm left the area and   Snow continued to fall in New England.

Airlines cancelled over 5,300 flights, according to FlightAware, a flight reporting service.  Only 35 cancellations have been posted for Sunday, however. John F. Kennedy International Airport closed Friday at 6 p.m. and Boston’s Logan Airport closed Friday at 3 and flights may not resume there until Sunday.  Other airports in the region shut down as well as the storm approached.  All three New York area airports, including Newark Liberty International Airport, which reported a scant six inches of snow, were open at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

In New York, Amtrak suspended its northbound service out of Penn Station beginning at 1:03 p.m.  Amtrak’s southbound service was suspended out of Boston’s South Station at 1:15 p.m.   Boston shut down its entire transit system Friday afternoon. In New York, the Long Island Rail Road suspended service late Friday, as did New Jersey Transit.

The storm knocked out power to over 600,000 customers in New England.  Over 10,000 people on eastern Long Island were also without power.

The Postal Service suspended mail delivery across New England and in New York’s Hudson Valley.  FedEx and UPS were not making deliveries in much of the region as well.

(Photo: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey)

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