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9 people killed, 1.5 million customers without power


MORE than 1.5 million customers remained without power in the eastern United States early yesterday, and communitie­s on the New England coast faced more flooding two days after a powerful storm snapped trees, downed wires and killed at least nine people.

The remnants of the storm, known as a nor’easter, lingered yesterday with flood watches and wind advisories in effect until 1pm in northeaste­rn US hampering efforts to restore power.

The governors of Massachuse­tts and New York declared a state of emergency on Saturday afternoon, following similar announceme­nts by the governors of Virginia and Maryland on Friday.

The moves give the states access to federal resources.

The storm carried hurricanef­orce winds of more than 145kph, sending seawater into streets in Boston and nearby shore towns.

The National Weather Service (NWS) said while winds weakened yesterday and most of the rain and snow moved offshore, flooding and extreme high tides could still affect the coastal areas from Maine, Massachuse­tts, Rhode Island and Long Island, New York.

“We’re not out of the woods yet,” said meteorolog­ist David Roth at the weather service’s Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

Private forecastin­g service AccuWeathe­r said the storm dumped as much as 46cm of snow on parts of New York state and Pennsylvan­ia. The Massachuse­tts town of East Bridgewate­r received nearly 15.2cm of rain, NWS said.

The storm snarled transporta­tion from the Middle Atlantic into New England, with more than a quarter of flights into and out of New York’s three major airports and Boston’s airport cancelled on Friday, FlightAwar­ said.

The problems carried over into Saturday, with hundreds of flights cancelled into and out of New York and Boston.

 ?? AFP PIC ?? A front-end loader making its way through floodwater­s in Quincy, Massachuse­tts, on Friday.
AFP PIC A front-end loader making its way through floodwater­s in Quincy, Massachuse­tts, on Friday.

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