Last month, the Northeast was smothered by blizzards. Now, it's waterlogged by torrential rains. The region mopped up today following a weekend storm complete with high wind and heavy rains that uprooted trees, downed power lines, and flooded some creeks and rivers. Five people died in storm-related accidents, and hundreds of thousands in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut lost electricity at the peak of the storm, which carried wind gusts of up to 70 mph.
The Northeaster struck about 2 weeks after heavy snow and hurricane-force winds left more than a million customers in the Northeast in the dark. "I spent most of the past few months clearing snow and ice out my driveway, sidewalks, front walks, and now we're picking up all these branches," said one Egg Harbor City, NJ, resident. "It seems like we've had every type of weather event you could have this winter—I'm almost afraid to see what else can happen."