Nor’easter Update: 1.4 Million Without Power, Tens of Thousands Left Stranded as Airlines Cancel Flights

By Paul Riegler on 2 March 2018
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A plane being deiced at LaGuardia

A plane being deiced at LaGuardia

The nor’easter blasting the eastern United States with heavy snow, wind, and rain has left over 1.4 million people without power and stranded thousands of air passengers.

The effects of the storm are being felt as far south as Georgia and as far north as Maine.

“Take this storm seriously,” the National Weather Service in Boston said in a tweet. “This is a LIFE & DEATH situation for those living along the coast, esp those ocean-exposed shorelines.”

As of 3 p.m. EST, over 3,500 flights had been canceled according to FlightStats, a flight monitoring service, with an almost equal number of delays. Most were concentrated in the I-95 corridor between Washington, D.C., New York City, and Boston.

LaGuardia Airport in New York suspended operations Friday afternoon and approximately 25% of flights at John F. Kennedy International and Newark Liberty International airports were cancelled.

Amtrak suspended train service between New York and Boston due to “flooding and multiple trees down,” the railroad said.

One death has already been attributed to the storm, that of a 77-year-old woman who was hit by a falling tree branch in Kingsville, Maryland, and flood-prone areas of the New England coast were under evacuation orders.

The heaviest snowfall was in parts of western New York. Schools were closed in Rochester and Buffalo and Wyoming, New York – a small city east of Buffalo – recorded recorded over 24” or 61 centimeters of snow in a two-hour period on Friday.

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