Almost 150K Still Without Power After Storm

But don't call it a 'blizzard'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2013 7:40 AM CST
Snow begins to melt on cars parked at a dealership after a winter storm in Hartford, Conn., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
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(Newser) – The Northeast is still digging its way out from under the snow that winter storm don't-call-it-Nemo dumped on it, with almost 150,000 still without power, the AP reports. Most of those—126,000—are in Massachusetts, though that's a big improvement from the more than 400,000 who initially lost power there. Here's a state-by-state look at the damage the storm caused:

  • Connecticut was perhaps hardest hit, with as much as 3 feet of snow and five weather-related deaths reported. President Obama has declared a state of emergency, and the National Guard has been brought in to help clear out New Haven.
  • Massachusetts was blasted as well, with Boston getting up to 2 feet and other places getting as much as 30 inches. Two people are believed to have died of carbon monoxide poisoning while trapped in running, snowed-in cars. The state imposed its first travel ban since 1978.
  • In New York, police had to use snowmobiles to reach ambulances, fire trucks, police vehicles, and passengers stranded on the Long Island Expressway. Many Long Island residents remain trapped in their homes, and they're furious about the official response, the New York Post reports. "I haven't seen a single plow today," said one resident yesterday. "There was a little bit of déjà vu with Sandy," added another.
  • Maine's Portland was buried under a record 31.9 inches of snow; the state saw one fatal crash as snow reduced road visibility.
  • For info on New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Vermont, click here.
One other tidbit to know about the storm: As bad as it was, David Epstein at the Boston Globe points out that it wasn't technically a "blizzard," which requires frequent gusts of 35mph or more amidst low visibility. Of course, he adds, "it doesn't matter really if we give it a name. … Nature doesn't care what we humans call the events she dishes up." (Read more winter storm stories.)

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