Powerful Storm Leaves at Least 6 Dead on East Coast

Nor'easter brings flooding, high winds, heavy snow, widespread power outages
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2018 1:55 PM CST
Jeremy Gilbert works to repair a power line after a storm passed through the area on Saturday, March 3, 2018 in Lynchburg, Va.   (Jay Westcott/The News & Advance via AP)
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(Newser) – The powerful nor'easter that transformed into a bomb cyclone and pummeled a 1,000-mile stretch of the East Coast with rain, snow, wind, and flooding Friday and Saturday left at least six people dead, the Washington Post reports. According to CNN, winds hit over 90 miles per hour off the Massachusetts coast, and so far the reported deaths were all caused by falling trees. The victims include a 77-year-old woman in Maryland, an 11-year-old boy in New York, a 44-year-old man in Virginia, a 6-year-old in Virginia, a 72-year-old man in Rhode Island, and two men in Connecticut. A 57-year-old man was also reported dead in Pennsylvania, the AP reports. "It was pretty scary," Alyssa Fitzgerald of Quincy, Massachusetts, tells CNN. She says the storm was "not like anything we've had before."

Over 2 million homes and businesses lost power Friday and early Saturday. Officials say it could be days before it's restored to some customers. Meanwhile, Capt. John Dougan of the Quincy Police Department says the flooding is "the worst that we've seen in years." Boston Harbor had a high tide Friday of 14.67 feet—the third highest since 1928. Around 19 million people remained under flood warning Saturday afternoon. "We're seeing homes underwater, their basements were flooded out," says Dougan, whose department performed over 250 rescues from Friday to Saturday morning. One Massachusetts official urged residents to stay in their homes and not go "out sightseeing and gawking." Upstate New York received over 3 feet of snow, leading Syracuse University to declare a snow day for only the third time in its history. More than 3,000 flights were canceled Friday alone.

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