WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- A monster Nor’easter left at least nine people dead and hundreds of thousands without power Saturday as it pummeled the East Coast with heavy rain winds, and snow on Friday.
- Trees downed by powerful winds caused the deaths of eight people in Virginia, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Rhode Island while one New Jersey man was killed when he was electrocuted by downed power lines Friday evening.
- Several utility companies announced that hundreds of thousands of their Americans were affected by the massive storm.
Over 235,000 customers in Massachusetts were still in the dark on Saturday night, the state’s Emergency Management Agency said. It was initially reported that at least 450,000 were without power.
On Saturday in New Jersey, electric companies said that over 164,000 customers were affected by outages, while Pennsylvania companies PPL, PECO and West Penn Power had over 288,000 customers affected by outages. In Virginia, Novec Power and Dominion Energy reported almost 160,000 were without power.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported that 270,000 of his constituents were affected by outages on Saturday.
“We are deploying the National Guard and senior officials to ramp up recovery efforts and ensure the thousands of New Yorkers impacted by this storm are getting the help they need. Some travel restrictions and advisories remain in effect, and I urge drivers to stay off the roads so that the National Guard, first responders and utility workers can assist those that need help,” Cuomo said.
Strong winds and heavy rain from Georgia to New England led to heavy flooding and flight cancellations Friday. The National Weather Service announced weather conditions improving “across the Northeast and northern Mid-Atlantic states” for the weekend.
According to FlightAware.com, travelers encountered 1,400 cancelled flights and almost 2,400 delays on Saturday.
Amtrak had temporarily stopped service Friday between Washington and Boston. Modified service was resumed in the Northeast corridor by Saturday morning. The railroad service announced full service will resume on Sunday.
Eric Phillips, press secretary to the mayor of New York City, reported 750 trees were downed by the high winds, power failures also a difficult issue.
“Those two things create an environment of power outages. [The] downed power lines and trees blocking roadways,” said Steve Bellone, county executive of Suffolk County in New York.