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N.E. tries to dig out, power up after storm

  • Tom Dubis shovels off the steps at the Paciorek Funeral Home In Adams, Thursday. ap photo

  • Josslyn Rustay, 6, makes sure to stay directly in the line of fire as her mother Kristy MacWilliams uses the snow blower in the driveway at their house on West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield on Thursday, March 8, 2018 after the heavy snowfall Wednesday. (Stephanie Zollshan/The Berkshire Eagle via AP) Stephanie Zollshan

  • Josslyn Rustay, 6, rolls down the hill above the driveway to her house on West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield on Thursday, March 8, 2018 after the heavy snowfall Wednesday. (Stephanie Zollshan/The Berkshire Eagle via AP) Stephanie Zollshan

  • John Visco clears snow from around the cars in his driveway in Derry, N.H., Thursday, March 8, 2018. An overnight, winter storm blanketed the area with over a foot of snow. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Charles Krupa

  • Upton Department of Public Works worker Rob Marcoux, of Bellingham, Mass., uses a chainsaw to cut up fallen tree limbs, Thursday, March 8, 2018, in Upton. For the second time in less than a week, a storm rolled into the Northeast with wet, heavy snow Wednesday and Thursday, grounding flights, closing schools and bringing another round of power outages to a corner of the country still recovering from the previous blast of winter. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Steven Senne

  • Cars at Berkshire Mazda on East Street in Pittsfield are cleaned off after heavy snow, Thursday, March 8, 2018. The Berkshires in Western Massachusetts received 12 to 32 inches of snow overnight. (Ben Garver//The Berkshire Eagle via AP) Ben Garver

  • Bruno Medina, of Natick, Mass., removes snow from vehicles at a used car lot, Thursday, March 8, 2018, in Natick. For the second time in less than a week, a storm rolled into the Northeast with wet, heavy snow Wednesday and Thursday, grounding flights, closing schools and bringing another round of power outages to a corner of the country still recovering from the previous blast of winter. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Steven Senne

  • Albert Rodriguez shovels a sidewalk in Haverhill, Mass., Thursday, March 8, 2018. An overnight, winter storm blanketed the area with about a foot of snow, causing power outages and the cancellation of school. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Charles Krupa

  • Kevin Crowley, of Weyland, Mass., works to remove damaged tree branches from a driveway, Thursday, March 8, 2018, in Sherborn, Mass. For the second time in less than a week, a storm rolled into the Northeast with wet, heavy snow Wednesday and Thursday, grounding flights, closing schools and bringing another round of power outages to a corner of the country still recovering from the previous blast of winter. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Steven Senne

  • School bus driver Greg Atibu, shovels out his van in Haverhill, Mass., Thursday, March 8, 2018. An overnight, winter storm blanketed the area with about a foot of snow, causing power outages and the cancellation of school. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Charles Krupa

  • Al Lewis starts a car At Harry's Auto Sales in Cheshire, Mass., Thursday March, 8, 2018. The Berkshires in Western Massachusetts received 12 to 32 inches of snow overnight. (Ben Garver//The Berkshire Eagle via AP) Ben Garver

  • A tree branch fallen from the weight of heavy snow lies on top of a fire truck in East Hartford, Conn., Thursday, March 8, 2018. The branch that fell took down live power lines and landed onto the truck as it was parked responding to a fire. No one was injured. Connecticut's two major utilities were reporting more than 125,000 power outages Thursday morning. (Jessica Hill/Journal Inquirer via AP) Jessica Hill

  • A Portland, Maine resident uses a snowblower to clear snow during a nor'easter, Thursday, March 8, 2018. For the second time in less than a week, a storm rolled into the Northeast with wet, heavy snow Wednesday and Thursday, grounding flights, closing schools and bringing another round of power outages to a corner of the country still recovering from the previous blast of winter. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) Robert F. Bukaty

  • In this frame from video, a pair of good Samaritans push a motorist who was stuck in deep snow during a snowstorm, Thursday, March 8, 2018, in Freeport, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) Robert F. Bukaty

  • Brian Farrell, of Walpole, Mass., left, enters his home Thursday, March 8, 2018, after a tree fell on the house and a car, right, in Walpole. For the second time in less than a week, a storm rolled into the Northeast with wet, heavy snow Wednesday and Thursday, grounding flights, closing schools and bringing another round of power outages to a corner of the country still recovering from the previous blast of winter. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Steven Senne

  • The Hilderbrand family, Gianni DeMasi-Hilderbrand, 6, front left, and Olivia Hilderbrand, 9, right, plays in the snow making snow angels at Richter Park in Danbury, Conn., during Wednesday's snowstorm, March 7, 2018. (Carol Kaliff/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP) Carol Kaliff

  • A man clears snow off of his car on State Street in Danbury, Conn., during Wednesday's snowstorm, March 7, 2018. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed an order banning tractor-trailers and tandem trailers on Connecticut highways to help neighboring New York manage its traffic as highway conditions worsen because of the nor'easter. (Carol Kaliff/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP) Carol Kaliff

  • Men push a vehicle stuck on a snowbank along Route 23 during a snowstorm, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Wayne, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Julio Cortez

  • A Portland, Maine resident uses a snowblower to clear snow during a nor'easter, Thursday, March 8, 2018. For the second time in less than a week, a storm rolled into the Northeast with wet, heavy snow Wednesday and Thursday, grounding flights, closing schools and bringing another round of power outages to a corner of the country still recovering from the previous blast of winter.(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) Robert F. Bukaty

  • Portland, Maine residenta walk across a snowy street during a nor'easter, Thursday, March 8, 2018. For the second time in less than a week, a storm rolled into the Northeast with wet, heavy snow Wednesday and Thursday, grounding flights, closing schools and bringing another round of power outages to a corner of the country still recovering from the previous blast of winter. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) Robert F. Bukaty

  • A lineman works to restore power amid limbs sagging with heavy wet snow after a snowstorm, Thursday, March 8, 2018, in Northborough, Mass. The storm produced heavy, wet snow that brought down tree limbs and power lines. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes) Bill Sikes

  • A motorist navigates around a downed limb partially blocking a road and resting on a power line after a snowstorm, Thursday, March 8, 2018, in Northborough, Mass. The storm produced heavy, wet snow that brought down tree limbs and power lines. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes) Bill Sikes



Associated Press
Thursday, March 08, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. — Residents in the Northeast dug out from as much as 2 feet of wet, heavy snow Thursday, while utilities dealt with downed trees and power lines that snarled traffic and left hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in the dark after two strong nor’easters — all with the possibility of another storm headed to the area.

At least two deaths were blamed on the storm.

Snow still was falling Thursday in places including Vermont, where storm warnings were in effect until the evening.

More than 800,000 customers were without power in the Northeast, including some who have been without electricity since last Friday’s destructive nor’easter. Thousands of flights across the region were canceled, and traveling on the ground was treacherous.

A train carrying more than 100 passengers derailed in Wilmington, after a fallen tree branch got wedged in a rail switch. Nobody was hurt. Tory Mazzola, a spokesman for Keolis Commuter Services, which runs the system for the MBTA, said the low-speed derailment remains under investigation.

In New Hampshire, Interstate 95 in Portsmouth was closed in both directions because of downed power lines, leaving traffic at a standstill for hours.

Amtrak restored modified service between New York City and Boston on Thursday after suspending it because of the storm. New York City’s Metro-North commuter railroad, which had suspended service on lines connecting the city to its northern suburbs and Connecticut because of downed trees, restored partial service Thursday.

In Wells, Maine, the Maine Diner remained open even though much of the town was without power after the storm dumped a foot-and-a-half of snow.

“If people are going to lose power, then they need some place to go. We do everything we can to stay open and provide that service,” said Jim MacNeill, the restaurant’s general manager.

Steve Marchillo, a finance director at the University of Connecticut’s Hartford branch, said he enjoyed the sight of heavily snow-laden trees on his way into work Thursday but they also made him nervous.

“It looks cool as long as they don’t fall down on you and you don’t lose power,” he said.

The Mount Snow ski area in Dover, Vermont, received 31 inches of snow by Thursday morning with more still falling. The resort said the snowfall from the past two storms would set it up for skiing through the middle of April.

Massachusetts was hardest hit by outages, with more than 345,000 utility customers losing service Thursday. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker shut down all non-essential state offices.

In Maine, Republican Gov. Paul LePage also closed state offices and encouraged residents to stay off roads “unless it is an absolute emergency.”

A pickup truck driver who was struck by a snowplow Thursday morning in Lebanon, New Hampshire, also died. Police said an investigation would determine if weather conditions were a factor.