Blizzard 2013 Power Outages: 360,000 Still In Dark

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    A pedestrian and a car make their way through a severe winter storm in Somerville, Massachusetts February 9, 2013. A blizzard pummelled the Northeastern United States, killing at least one person, leaving hundreds of thousands without power and disrupting thousands of flights, media and officials said.
By Brittney R. Villalva, Christian Post Reporter
February 10, 2013|1:03 pm

On Sunday morning about 360,000 homes were without power according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Customers in eights states were still without power Sunday after Nemo hit the East Coast. At its peak, the snow storm took power from over 670,000 home. Areas in Massachusetts were hit the hardest according to reports; in Cape Cod 90 percent of homes were without electricity at some point. In some locations, over three feet of snow fell.

Other states also reported concern about getting power back and attempting to restore airports and public transportation.

"We had a bad storm here with heavy, heavy snow -- starting with a wet snow early, which stuck to the trees, which brought them down on the power lines, and then the temperatures dropping and then high, high winds all combining to a lot of power outages. We have our challenges here," Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee told CNN.

Power outages are expected to be resolved quickly authorities said, judging that it would not take as long to resolve the issue as it did following Hurricane Sandy.

"This will be nowhere near what Sandy was," John Latka, Vice President of Electrical Operation at the New Jersey utility Public Service Electric & Gas, said according to the Huffington Post.

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At least ten deaths have occurred as a result of the storm, including the death of an 11-year-old boy in Boston who died of carbon monoxide poisoning while his father dug their car out of the snow.

"I don't know how long the boy was in the car, at some point the father was still working and was unaware of the boy's condition," Boston firefighter Octavius Rowe, who lives nearby and went to help, told MSN. "So very, very unfortunate."

 

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