Snow storm leaves 10 dead, Northeast starts digging out

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Hartford, CT, United States (4E) – At least 10 deaths were linked to the winter storm that hit mostly the U.S. Northeast over the weekend as affected states start to dig out of the deep snow, restore power and resume transport operations Sunday.

Connecticut was hardest hit by Blizzard Charlotte with five deaths and a record three feet of snow prompting Gov. Dannel Malloy to put the state under a state of emergency Friday so federal money can be immediately released for recovery efforts.

Among those killed in storm-related accidents in Connecticut was an 81-year-old woman in Prospect. She was hit by a car while clearing her driveway of snow, according to police.

An unidentified 54-year-old man was found frozen to death outside his home in Bridgeport on Friday. On Saturday, police found a dead man at his home in Danbury. A 49-year-old man was found dead in his home in Shelton early Sunday.

There were also two deaths in Ontario, Canada, two in Massachusetts and one in New York.

In Boston, a boy died from carbon monoxide poisoning after he tried to warm up inside the snowed-in family car, whose engine was running but its exhaust pipe blocked by snow.

In Poughkeepsie, New York, a 74-year-old man was struck by a car near the side of the road and later died from his injuries.

The blizzard dumped heavy snow from Friday to Saturday. In Connecticut, Milford got 38 inches of snow, the National Weather Service said. In other parts of the state, East Haddam had 35.5″; Fairfield, 35″; New Hartford, 33″; Manchester, 32″; Staffordville, 31.4″; Gilman, 27″; and Woodstock, 26″.

Malloy said crews are clearing roads. Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch issued a travel ban to the city. Bradley International Airport is to reopen Sunday, but train and bus service remained suspended.

In Massachusetts, Gov. Deval Patrick said Sunday that 240,000 customers remained without power.

In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Suffolk County was worst hit. About 27″ of snow fell on Stony Brook, Long Island. Amtrak provided limited service between Boston and New York while 370,000 customers in the state were without power Sunday.

Flight schedules resumed Sunday at airports in New York and New England, including at Harford Bradley International Airport in Connecticut and Logan International Airport in Boston.

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