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1 million without power as storm cleanup proceeds

  • A bus is covered by a tree that collapsed onto power lines due to a storm last Friday in Bryan Mawr, Pa., Sunday, March 4, 2018. The road is closed until crews can clean the mess. (Michael Bryant/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP) MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer

  • An electrical worker for INTREN, a electric company from Chicago that drove two days to get to Philadelphia to help PECO restore power, walks by a damaged vehicle on in Bryn Mawr, Pa., on Sunday, March 4 2018, that was crushed by a falling tree on Friday. The driver was able to climb out the window and received several stitches for his injuries. (Michael Bryant/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP) MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer

  • An electrical worker from INTREN, a Chicago based electric company, works on power lines in Bryn Mawr, Pa., Sunday March 4, 2018, in the hopes of restoring power to the area. (Michael Bryant/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP) MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer

  • Heavy equipment operators works to clear away several feet of sand that had covered Central Avenue in Scituate, Mass., on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Skies were clear Sunday over much of the Northeast hit by the storm but many communities faced major challenges restoring power and cleaning up debris. (Greg Derr/The Quincy Patriot Ledger via AP) Greg Derr

  • A sign near the entrance to the town of Scituate, Mass. indicates almost the entire town is without power after after a destructive nor'easter, on Sunday, March 4, 2018. (Greg Derr/The Quincy Patriot Ledger via AP) Greg Derr

  • Workers clean up a tree that fell and blocked all lanes of City Avenue at Henley Road in Philadelphia on Saturday, March 3, 2018. (Tim Tai/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP) TIM TAI / Staff Photographer

  • Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker gets an up close look at the remnants of a powerful winter storm with Republican state Sen. Bruce Tarr while surveying coastal damage in Gloucester, Mass., Sunday, March 4, 2018. (Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP) Nancy Lane

  • Noah Casey of Cranberry Landscape & Design of Cape Cod works with an excavator to move around pieces of a large tree that fell in this cemetery in Brewster, Mass. Some of the headstones were damaged, Casey said. The landscape company, Casey said, is based in Brewster and maintains the grounds of the cemetery. (Merrily Cassidy/Cape Cod Times via AP) Merrily Cassidy

  • Shellfisherman Arthur Martinez of Truro walks along the breakwater and past the 42-foot vessel Artemis Sunday, March 4, 2018 in Provincetown, Mass. The boat was moored near MacMillan Pier and broke away Friday morning during the nor'easter. It moved westward in the harbor and eventually pushed against the breakwater, according to Coast Guard officials. The vessel has not been actively used for commercial fishing and had been stripped of all gear. No fuel was onboard. (Merrily Cassidy/Cape Cod Times via AP) Merrily Cassidy

  • Waves crash against Minot Light off the Scituate coast off Massachusetts, Sunday, as a large nor’easter that hit over the weekend continues to batter the coast. The 89-foot-tall lighthouse was built in 1855. The Quincy Patriot Ledger via AP



Associated Press
Sunday, March 04, 2018

BOSTON — From Virginia to Massachusetts, about 1 million homes and businesses remained without power Sunday, two days after a destructive nor’easter, leaving some residents unsure when they could return home and schools questioning if they would be able to open Monday morning.

Skies were clear Sunday over much of the Northeast hit by the storm, which was blamed for nine deaths, including two children struck by trees. But many communities faced major challenges restoring power and cleaning up debris.

In Scituate, a hard-hit coastal town near Boston, heavy construction vehicles worked to clear away several feet of sand that had covered roads near Peggotty Beach. Town officials planned to deploy a drone to help assess coastal damage.

Further north, Gov. Charlie Baker inspected storm damage in other battered coastal communities. While perched on a sea wall in Gloucester — something officials have urged people not to do — the Republican got soaked by a strong wave, WBZ-AM reported.

“People should not stand on sea walls, correct,” Baker said sheepishly. “However, I did want to get a look at what things were like on the other side, which I did get a look at before I got hit by the wave.”

As of mid-afternoon Sunday, more than 180,000 customers remained without power in Massachusetts. More than 230,000 were in the dark in Pennsylvania, and large-scale outages also continued in New York, New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland.

New Hampshire was spared extensive power outages, but its short stretch of coastline was littered with debris.

“We saw some of the worst coastal flooding since the ‘Perfect Storm’ back in 1991,” said David Cropper, owner of the Cinnamon Rainbows surf shop in Hampton.

The surf remained high Sunday but there was no surfing because of strong winds.

The Coast Guard warned of navigational hazards off Oregon Inlet in North Carolina’s Outer Banks after high winds and heavy seas swept about 70 containers off the cargo ship Maersk Shanghai late Saturday. The Liberian-registered ship had departed from Norfolk, Virginia, earlier in the day.

The transportation disruptions caused by the storm were mostly resolved by Sunday. But North Carolina’s Highway 12 was closed in both directions along a section on Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks. As a result, the state transportation department said Hatteras and Ocracoke islands were temporarily inaccessible by land transport.