Storm blasts North­east; thou­sands lose power

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Nation + World -

BOS­TON » The third pow­er­ful nor’easter in two weeks slammed the North­east on Tues­day, bring­ing bliz­zard con­di­tions and 2 feet of snow to some com­mu­ni­ties and knock­ing out power to tens of thou­sands of homes and busi­nesses.

High winds and blow­ing snow led me­te­o­rol­o­gists to cat­e­go­rize the storm as a bliz­zard in parts of New Eng­land, in­clud­ing Bos­ton. By af­ter­noon, power out­ages climbed to more than 250,000 just in Mas­sachusetts, Rhode Is­land and Con­necti­cut.

“We’re not out of win­ter yet, that’s for sure,” Paul Knight, of Port­land, said as snow ac­cu­mu­lated on his eye­brows dur­ing a stroll. “The ground­hog was right. Six more weeks of win­ter, and prob­a­bly then some.”

Bos­ton’s usu­ally-packed sub­way trains were nearly empty as many work­ers stayed home and schools closed. Am­trak sus­pended all ser­vice Tues­day be­tween Bos­ton to New York City.

The flight-track­ing site FlightAware re­ported more than 1,500 can­celed flights.

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