East Coast Recovering from Nor’easter That Killed at Least 7

By Anna Breuer on 3 March 2018
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Boston from the air.

Boston from the air.

The nor’easter that blasted the eastern United States with heavy snow, wind, and rain left at least seven people dead, millions without power, and resulted in the cancellation of thousands of airline flights, moved out to sea late Friday.

Seven people reported died as a result of the storm, all by falling trees, including a six-year-old boy in Virginia and an 11-year-old boy in New York State.

Heavy snow blanketed much of the northeast, while New York City saw a mix of snow, sleet, rain, and high winds. Parts of New England were hit with heavy rain and flooding including Boston and much of Connecticut, with hurricane-force winds. The highest wind gust was 93 mph (150 km/h) in Barnstable, Massachusetts, while an 83 mph (134 km/h) gust was measured in East Falmouth, Massachusetts.

High wind warnings remain in effect from the Carolinas to New England.

The storm left over 2.2 million people without power at one point but power had been restored to two-thirds of those customers by late Friday night.

Over 4,200 flights were cancelled in the United States on Friday, most due to the storm. As high winds continued and airlines struggled to recover, over 600 flights had been cancelled on Saturday by 9:30 a.m. EST, and most were concentrated in the I-95 corridor between Washington, D.C. and Boston.

Meanwhile, Amtrak temporarily suspended service along the Northeast corridor until Saturday due to “hazardous conditions for our customers and crews.” The railroad said that modified service would resume between Washington, D.C. and New York City at 6:20 a.m. and between New York City and Boston at 8:40 a.m.

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