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« on: October 30, 2011, 09:18:56 AM »

http://www.foxnews.com/weather/2011/10/30/power-outages-could-last-for-days-after-deadly-snowstorm-hits-northeast/
Power Outages Could Last for Days After Deadly Snowstorm Hits Northeast
October 30, 2011

TATE COLLEGE, Pa. –  A snowstorm with a ferocity more familiar in February than October socked the Northeast over the weekend, knocking out power to 2.3 million, snarling air and highway travel and dumping more than 2 feet of snow in a few spots as it slowly moved north out of New England. Officials warned it could be days before many see electricity restored.

The combination of heavy, wet snow, leaf-laden trees and frigid, gusting winds brought down limbs and power lines. At least three deaths were blamed on the weather, and states of emergency were declared in New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and parts of New York.
"If you are without power, you should expect to be without power for a prolonged period of time," Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Saturday night.

The storm worsened as it moved north, and communities in western Massachusetts were among the hardest hit. Snowfall totals topped 27 inches in Plainfield, and nearby Windsor had gotten 26 inches by early Sunday.

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Along the coast and in such cities as Boston, relatively warm water temperatures helped keep snowfall totals much lower. Washington received a trace of snow, tying a 1925 record for the date. New York City's Central Park set a record for both the date and the month of October with 1.3 inches of snow.

Some inland towns got more than a foot of snow. West Milford, N.J., about 45 miles northwest of New York City, saw 19 inches by early Sunday.

New Jersey's largest electric and gas utility, PSE&G, warned customers to prepare for "potentially lengthy outages" and advised power might not be fully restored until Wednesday. More than 600,000 lost electricity in the state, including Gov. Chris Christie.
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More than 22 inches fell in New Hampshire's capital of Concord, weeks ahead of the usual first measurable snowfall.

Elsewhere in northern New England, the unofficial arrival of winter was a boon for some. Two Vermont ski resorts, Killington and Mount Snow, started the ski season early by opening one trail each over the weekend, and Maine's Sunday River ski resort also opened for the weekend.

The severity of the storm caught many by surprise.
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Residents were urged to avoid travel altogether. Speed limits were reduced on bridges between New Jersey and Pennsylvania. A few roads closed because of accidents and downed trees and power lines, and more were expected, said Sean Brown, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Two of the airports serving New York City, Newark Liberty and Kennedy, had hours-long delays Saturday, as did Philadelphia's airport. Amtrak suspended service between Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pa., and commuter trains in Connecticut and New York were delayed or suspended because of downed trees and signal problems.

Philadelphia saw mostly rain, but the snow that did fall coated downtown roofs in white.

In southeastern Pennsylvania, an 84-year-old man was killed when a snow-laden tree fell on his home while he was napping in his recliner. In Connecticut, the governor said one person died in a Colchester traffic accident that he blamed on slippery conditions.

And a 20-year-old man in Springfield, Mass., stopped when he saw police and firefighters examining downed wires and stepped in the wrong place and was electrocuted, Capt. William Collins said.

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October snowfall is rare in New York, and Saturday marked just the fourth October day with measurable snowfall in Central Park since record-keeping began 135 years ago, the National Weather Service said.

      
      
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« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2011, 02:38:20 PM »

No power since yesterday got wood stove going got eight inches of snow we got ssso many trees down her ewe we go again..thank god I bought this andriod  tv
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« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2011, 02:45:48 PM »

No power since yesterday got wood stove going got eight inches of snow we got ssso many trees down her ewe we go again..thank god I bought this andriod  tv

It's a good thing you've got a wood stove for warmth Blonde.  I hope y'all stay safe, especially with the falling trees.  I've read the weather should improve soon, but from what I've been reading it doesn't sound like the power will be up very soon. 
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« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2011, 01:50:41 PM »

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/01/nyregion/1-million-still-in-dark-after-destructive-weekend-storm.html
1 Million Still in Dark After Destructive Weekend Storm
October 31, 2011

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More than a million electricity customers are still in the dark from New Jersey to Maine. “We are in full restoration mode,” Marcy Reed, president of National Grid Massachusetts, told The Associated Press, as crews cleared branches that had snapped under the weight of the snow. Con Edison’s Web site promised the power would be back on in Westchester County communities by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, four days after the storm hit.
 ::snipping2::At least nine deaths have been attributed to the storm, including that of a 20-year-old man electrocuted by a downed power line in Springfield, Mass.

Monday was an unusual snow day for thousands of students, with communities in New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire expecting schools to remain closed for several days as they cleaned up downed electrical wires and fallen branches. And in Central Park, as many as 1,000 trees may be lost — eight times the damage suffered after Tropical Storm Irene.

The storm also left scores suburban commuters stranded as railroads assessed problems with frozen switches and snow drifts on the tracks. “You’re talking about much more significant damage to the rail system than we had during Irene,” Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said at a news conference.
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The storm swept harder across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, upstate New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Maine, setting records in some places both for snowfall and power failures.
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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2011, 12:27:26 AM »

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/31/us-weather-northeast-idUSTRE79S1VP20111031
13 dead, millions without power after rare storm
October 31, 2011

Reuters) - Devastation from a rare and deadly October snowstorm lingered in the Northeast where 1.6 million homes were still without power on Monday, schools were closed and downed trees and powerlines snarled traffic.

The storm that raged from West Virginia to Maine from Saturday until late Sunday was blamed for at least 13 deaths, most on slippery roads.

Halloween fun was postponed. Ghoul and goblin decorations were blanketed with record snowfall for October in many places, such as 32 inches measured in the western Massachusetts town of Peru, according to the National Weather Service.
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It will likely be days before power is restored to all residents in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and other states hit hard by the storm.

Despite a sunny Monday, several New Jersey Transit train lines going into New York City remained suspended.

Connecticut was particularly hard hit and Governor Dannel Malloy said 100 state roads were closed and about 200 more partially closed. He called the power outages in his state the worst in history. As residents escaped homes without heat and electricity, hotels in central Connecticut were sold out.

Snow days, usually not tapped until at least after Thanksgiving, were declared by scores of public schools that remained shut throughout the Northeast on Monday.
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The outages include roughly 750,000 customers still without power on Monday in Connecticut; about 46,000 in Massachusetts; more than 390,000 in New Jersey; 350,000 in Pennsylvania; nearly 60,000 in New York; and about 14,000 in Maine.
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« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2011, 04:12:54 PM »

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/nationnow/2011/11/19-million-without-power-after-early-snow-storm-rocks-northeast.html
1.9 million still without power after storm; death toll hits 20
November 1, 2011

Repair crews across the Northeast were making progress Tuesday in restoring power cut by an unusually early snowstorm, but about 1.9 million people remained without electricity -- including almost half of Connecticut.

As of 8 a.m., the number of people without electricity was down from a peak of 2.4 million earlier in the week, a spokeswoman for the federal Department of Energy said in a telephone interview. The worst hit state was Connecticut, with about 757,000 customers without electricity, she said.

In all, more than 20 deaths have been reported in five Northeast states and one in Canada from the weekend storm that in some areas dumped up to 30 inches of wet, heavy snow. Many trees still had bright, autumn leaves when the snow hit, snapping limbs and taking down power lines.

Areas with large concentrations of people and trees, such as Connecticut, bore the brunt of the power outages, as it did when Tropical Storm Irene swept through the region two months ago.

At a morning briefing in Hartford, Jeff Butler, president of Connecticut Light & Power, the state’s major utility, told reporters that he hoped power could be restored soon to its four substations still without electricity. He said 486 line crews and 284 tree crews were at work.
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« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2011, 09:48:20 PM »

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57319202/a-week-after-storm-230k-still-without-power/
A week after storm, 230K still without power
November 5, 2011

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HARTFORD, Conn. - One week after an unusual October snowstorm slammed the Northeast and knocked out power to more than 3 million customers in several state, more than 215,000 customers in Connecticut are still without electricity and heat.

Nearly 15,000 customers are still without power in New Jersey.

Angry residents left without heat as temperatures drop to near freezing overnight have been lashing out at Connecticut Light & Power: accosting repair crews, making profane criticisms online, and suing.
 ::snipping2::According to Connecticut Light & Power's website, there are more than 1,800 crews working to restore power to those hundreds of thousands of customers still in the dark.

The October nor'easter knocked out power to more than 3 million homes and businesses across the Northeast, including 830,000 in Connecticut, where outages now exceed those of all other states combined. CL&P called the snowstorm and resulting power outages "an historic event" and said it was focused on getting almost all power back on by Sunday night.
The company has blamed the extent of the devastation partly on overgrown trees in the state, where it says some homeowners and municipalities have resisted the pruning of limbs for reasons including aesthetics.

For some residents still dealing with outages, no excuse is acceptable.

In Avon, a Farmington Valley town where 85 percent of customers were still without power on Friday, town manager Brandon Robertson said he faulted CL&P for an "absolutely unacceptable and completely avoidable" situation. He said the high school that is being used as an emergency shelter was still running on a generator. Although public works crews had cleared most of the town roads, he said, more than 25 still were blocked as they waited for CL&P crews to clear power lines.
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Gov. Dan Malloy said he has contracted with an outside firm to conduct an investigation into why CL&P and United Illuminating have taken so long to turn the lights back on.

CBS Station WCBS reports that in Danbury, public works crews put up signs Wednesday complaining about CL&P's slow response. Without the utility company's clearance, they were powerless to clear trees and downed wires.

The phone company is resorting to generating its own power.

Other state officials, including the Attorney General, have also called for an investigation into CL&P's progress, putting the utility on the defensive.
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CL&P is holding firm on its promise to have 99 percent of the state restored by Sunday at midnight.
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« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2011, 06:22:04 PM »

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57319370/power-outages-plague-conn-for-8th-day/
Power outages plague Conn. for 8th day
November 6, 2011

 
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HARTFORD, Conn. - The head of Connecticut's largest utility said it will get close to its goal of restoring power to 99 percent of its customers Sunday, eight days after a rare October snowstorm battered the region.

Connecticut Light & Power President Jeffrey Butler said they understand residents' frustration and are working as quickly and safely as possible.

The utility's projections Sunday say the last restorations could occur as late as Wednesday.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he has been skeptical for days of CL&P's goal of 99 percent restoration by midnight Sunday. He says Connecticut is preserving its legal options, but that it was too soon to say if any basis might exist for court action
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« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2011, 01:15:25 PM »

http://www.usatoday.com/weather/storms/winter/story/2011-11-07/northeast-snowstorm-connecticut-power-outages/51109408/
50K still powerless in Conn. 10 days after snowstorm
November 7, 2011
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« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2011, 01:31:38 PM »

We got our power back late Thursday night my Daughter called and complained and got hers back on Friday more food to toss, from house freezer now clean up starts broken trees cat puke  I also had to get a root canal a hour away because  of no power  zi got it infected because of the wait.
Spent so much money on doing laundry eating gas for RV grrrrrrrrr
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« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2011, 01:56:24 PM »

We got our power back late Thursday night my Daughter called and complained and got hers back on Friday more food to toss, from house freezer now clean up starts broken trees cat puke  I also had to get a root canal a hour away because  of no power  zi got it infected because of the wait.
Spent so much money on doing laundry eating gas for RV grrrrrrrrr

Whew!  Blonde you really had it rough!    I'm sorry to hear about your root canal on top of everything else. I  hope you feel better soon.  I was looking at photos of the areas hit by the storm, and it looks like a lot of work involved for the clean up, with so many broken and fallen trees. 
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