Push is on to restore power with a 2nd storm on the way

  • Kaylee Collin, right, and Spencer Stone walk through water along North Avenue in Camp Ellis in Saco, Maine on Sunday, March 4, 2018. The coastal neighborhood as well as other parts of the southern Maine coast were flooded for the third day in a row on Sunday. (Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via AP) Gregory Rec

  • Waves crash against Minot Light off the Scituate coast off Massachusetts, Sunday, March 4, 2018 as a large nor'easter that hit over the weekend continues to batter the coast. The 89-foot-tall lighthouse was built in 1855. (Greg Derr/The Quincy Patriot Ledger via AP) Greg Derr

  • A lineman repairs utility lines from a bucket truck along Route 3A in Marshfield, Mass., in the aftermath of a nor'easter storm on Sunday, March 4, 2018. (Matt West/The Boston Herald via AP) Matt West

  • 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

  • A man and a woman run away from a wave breaking over a sea wall on Eastern Avenue Coastal in Camp Ellis in Saco, Maine, Sunday, March 4, 2018. The coastal neighborhood as well as other parts of the southern Maine coast were flooded for the third day in a row on Sunday. (Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via AP) Gregory Rec

  • 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

  • CORRECTS LOCATION TO PHILADELPHIA FROM BRYAN MAWR; - A bus is covered by a tree that collapsed onto power lines due to a storm last Friday in Philadelphia, 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

Associated Press
Monday, March 05, 2018

BOSTON — Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses from Virginia to New England remained without power Monday, several days after a major nor’easter struck the East Coast, and with another storm bearing down.

Residents faced a massive cleanup Monday following the storm, which was blamed for nine deaths, including two children struck by trees. The storm downed trees and power lines, flooded coastal towns and forced schools to cancel classes.

Utility crews worked around the clock to restore power to the roughly 440,000 customers still without electricity Monday afternoon. At the height of the storm, more than 2 million homes and businesses were without electricity.

Some coastal communities in Massachusetts were bringing in heavy equipment to clear sand, rocks, trees and other debris blocking waterfront neighborhoods.

Fierce winds and high tides damaged dozens of homes in Scituate, where on Monday water still filled yards and rocks blocked streets. Quincy is sending trash trucks through the hard-hit neighborhoods all week to pick up trash.

Even as the cleanup is underway, another storm is headed to the region Wednesday, albeit a much different beast.

“There’s going to be a lot more snow over a wider area,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Lenore Correia, in Taunton, Massachusetts.

The forecast is for 8 to 12 inches of snow west of Boston and south into Rhode Island and Connecticut, she said.

The good news is that the winds won’t be as strong and there is less risk of coastal flooding.

The Mid-Atlantic states will likely see some precipitation starting late Tuesday and continuing through Thursday. A winter storm watch has been issued for northern New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania.

The nor’easter pounded the Eastern Seaboard with a combination of gusting winds, rain and snow, and coastal communities were left to deal with damaging high tide flooding as powerful waves and churning surf pounded shorelines and beachfront homes.

Dozens of Massachusetts schools remained closed Monday, most in coastal areas south of Boston, the region which bore the brunt of the storm. It could be midnight Tuesday before everyone is back online.

In Pennsylvania, more than 100,000 were waiting for power to be restored as hundreds of crews worked to clear trees and repair power lines. Officials said some customers may not have service restored until at least Tuesday. At the peak of the storm, roughly 587,000 customers were without power. Some schools were closed, while others were delaying their opening.

Nearly 50,000 people in the Washington area were without power Monday, and some might not have service restored for a few more days. The vice president of technical solutions at Dominion Power, Kevin Curtis, told WTOP-FM that last week’s storm was a “top five event” as far as the number of customers affected, which totaled almost 70,000 homes and businesses. He said about 25 percent of the company’s system was affected by the storm.