9 Dead in Brutal Storm

More than 650K lose electricity

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Feb 8, 2013 8:15 PM CST | Updated Feb 9, 2013 5:51 PM CST

(Newser) – A howling storm across the US Northeast left the New York-to-Boston corridor shrouded in up to 3 feet of snow today, stranding drivers on highways overnight and piling up drifts so high that some homeowners couldn't open their doors. More than 650,000 homes and businesses were left without electricity. Airlines canceled more than 5,300 flights through today. The three major airports serving New York City slowly reopened, but Boston's Logan Airport was not expected to resume operations until late tonight. Flights were expected to be back on close to normal schedules tomorrow.

At least nine deaths were blamed on the storm, including three in Canada. The Boston fire department said an 11-year-old boy died of carbon monoxide poisoning today after being overcome as he sat in a running car to keep warm while his father was shoveling snow. The car exhaust pipe was covered by a snow bank, causing the fumes to collect in the vehicle. A little more than 11 inches fell in New York, but the city was "in great shape" and "dodged a bullet," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut closed roads to all but essential traffic. Some of the worst of the storm appeared to hit Connecticut, where even emergency responders found themselves stuck on highways all night. Click for more.

A man shovels snow off his car on M street in the South Boston neighborhood of Boston Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 in Boston.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
A woman digs out her car after it was blocked in by drifting snow during a blizzard, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Portland, Maine.   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Pedestrians make their way down a road during whiteout conditions in Salisbury, Mass. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
A woman works to clear snow from her car after a snowstorm , Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 in Concord, NH.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Andrew Laliberte, of Billerica, Mass., digs a pathway through a snow drift in Boston.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Snow and ice cover the side of a building in the Seaport World Trade Center area of Boston early Saturday.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority trains sit idle early Saturday in Boston.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
A worker carries a mannequin outside Lincoln Center, home of New York's Fashion Week shows, Saturday.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Mike Williams of the New Bedford Forestry Department clears a fallen tree from an intersection in New Bedford, Mass.   (AP Photo/Standard Times, Peter Pereira)
Drifted snow shrouds a fire hydrant and car early Saturday in Hadley, Mass.   (AP Photo/Springfield Republican, Michael Beswick)
A plow operator passes cars packed in by drifting snow early Saturday in Hadley, Mass.   (AP Photo/Springfield Republican, Michael Beswick)
A motorist clears snow from his car on 59th Street Friday in New York.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
A man walks his dog in the Boston Public Garden on Friday.   (Charles Krupa)
A couple walks down the illuminated, snow-covered Commonwealth Avenue Mall in Boston Friday.   (Charles Krupa)
Fashionistas bundle into a car after leaving the Rag & Bone Fall 2013 show during Fashion Week Friday in New York.   (John Minchillo)
Snow falls on a pedestrian as she leaves the Rag & Bone Fall 2013 show during Fashion Week Friday in New York.   (John Minchillo)
A woman crosses Congress Street Friday in Portland, Maine.   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Tow truck operator Shawn Juhre sets up road safety reflectors before towing a car out of a ditch in Buffalo on Friday.   (AP Photo/David Duprey)
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