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Power Outages In Massachusetts, May Be Out For Days

The storm was less severe than last weekend's "bomb cyclone", which left at least six people dead.

Police attributed at least one death to the storm: Barbara Soleski, 88, died after a tree fell and struck her Wednesday evening in the village of Suffern in southern NY, police said.

Intense bands of snow whipped parts of the Northeast on Wednesday, threatening unsafe driving conditions and more power outages as the second nor'easter in a week crept up the storm-weary East Coast.

"I encourage New Yorkers to stay at home or seek shelter if experiencing a loss of power", New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said late Wednesday, as he announced plans to double the number of National Guard troops deployed in the region.

More than 400 flights - including at airports in New Jersey, New York, Boston and Philadelphia - were canceled by early Thursday, according to FlightAware.

"We'll weather this storm together & have all our customers back as fast as we safely can", tweeted PSE&G, New Jersey's largest electric and gas utility.

A New Jersey man died Thursday after driving around a traffic cone barricade and striking a live wire downed by Wednesday's nor'easter snow storm that pummeled the East Coast. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy issued a state of emergency, and hundreds of crews continued to work to clear trees and fix power lines across the Garden State. A 33-year-old eighth-grade teacher in Manchester Township, N.J., suffered non-life-threatening injuries when she was struck by lightning while holding an umbrella outside her school. A few snow showers are expected for the interior portions of NY and New England.

Major flooding has also been reported along the New Jersey shore.

Power Outages In Massachusetts, May Be Out For Days
Power Outages In Massachusetts, May Be Out For Days

NY will have its heaviest snow from about 11 a.m.to 6 or 7 p.m., said Carolan, who provides forecasts for Bloomberg radio.

Even within the same city or town, amounts widely varied. Interstate 287 remained littered with abandoned vehicles after the highway had to be closed overnight because of the snow.

By early Thursday morning, the snow will be lingering in Boston and heavy snow will remain in northern New England. It will stay the longest over eastern New England, which will see manageable light snow as late as noon.

In the forecasting field, "two camps" have set up over the last several days - one taking the storm out to sea, and one bringing it up the coast, according to Babcock. Unlike the previous two most recent storms, this one has a little better shot at impacting the Mid-Atlantic region.

That storm knocked out power to about 2 million customers.

There are still 435,000 customers without power in the Northeast on Friday morning, including 169,000 in MA and 141,000 in New Jersey.

Regardless of the track of the storm, both the European and American models agree that cold, February-like weather will continue into the middle of March.

The heavy, wet snow is not helping either, combining with the strong winds to heighten the risk of downed power lines and as a result, blackouts to more homes and businesses. NWS Boston tweeted that "the biggest concern is downed limbs, trees, powerlines w/ 30-60 miles per hour E gusts" and other risks including lowered visibility and hazardous travel.

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