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Nor'easter hits East Coast, grounds flights and halts trains

06 March 2018

The nor'easter led to the deaths of at least seven people in several states.

The storm killed at least six people, including a man who was crushed by a tree in Plympton and was pronounced dead at the scene.A 77-year-old woman was struck by a branch outside her home near Baltimore.

A 44-year-old male passenger in a truck was killed in James City County, Virginia, when an oak tree toppled onto the vehicle, police said in a statement.

The storm also dumped heavy snow from OH to New England and into upstate NY, where snow accumulations of more than 3 feet were recorded.

The storm was still lingering over the Great Plains on Monday afternoon, causing whiteout conditions in South Dakota, where 140 miles of Interstate 90 from Murdo to Mitchell were closed in both directions, the state Transportation Department said.

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"Those two things create an environment of power outages - downed power lines and trees blocking roadways", said Steve Bellone, county executive of Suffolk County in NY.

The storm knocked out Amtrak service between Washington D.C. and NY before it was restored Saturday morning.

The majority of the power outages in MA, occurred in the southeastern region of the state, as reported by CBS. Several communities in MA were in complete darkness.

Further, the winds impacted the power supply across various Atlantic cities including 2.1 million homes and business centres from North Carolina to Maine.

Numerous people had to be rescued from the rising waters, particularly in the city of Quincy, where the National Guard performed rescues overnight.

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The service says seas could top 15.5 feet (4.7 meters) at a tidal gauge in Boston Harbor, but it is anticipating a high tide of 14.5 feet (4.4 meters) to 15.1 feet (4.6 meters) in the harbor. But National Weather Service meteorologist Lenore Correia, in Taunton, Massachusetts, said last week's storm and this week's weather system aren't comparable. Pounding waves and beach erosion are possible even into the Saturday night high tide.

More than a dozen utility companies reported that hundreds of thousands of their customers were affected by the powerful storm. The Rochester area was closing in on a foot of snow.

The weather radar and satellite Saturday morning showed precipitation has moved offshore with only a few rain showers and snow bands remaining over the Northeast.

In addition to more widespread snow, winds are not expected to be as strong and there is likely to be less coastal flooding.

The wind gusts sometimes reach 150 km per hour.

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In Pennsylvania, a school bus was toppled over by high winds.

Nor'easter hits East Coast, grounds flights and halts trains