Northeast blizzard
February 9th, 2013
07:05 PM ET

Live blog: Reports of five deaths in Connecticut, governor says

[Updated at 8:42 p.m. ET] Authorities are now saying at least nine people were killed in accidents related to the storm five in Connecticut, according to the governor, two in Canada, one in New York and one in Massachusetts.

[Updated at 7:05 p.m. ET] The storm has apparently resulted in more deaths. Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy said in a news conference that "we believe there are now five fatalities" tied to the storm. At least six deaths had been reported earlier: two in Canada, two in Connecticut, one in Massachusetts, and one in New York. It isn't clear whether the two deaths reported earlier in Connecticut were among the five Malloy mentioned.

[Updated at 5:10 p.m. ET] U.S. air carriers have canceled more than 5,188 flights due to the storms, according to the affected airlines. The total includes flights canceled from Thursday to Sunday.

[Updated at 4:25 p.m. ET]  According to utility figures compiled by CNN, 592,688 customers are without power in nine U.S. states.  Massachusetts has the highest number, at 376,682.

[Updated at 4:15 p.m. ET] Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says the driving ban has been lifted.

But he asks motorists to stay off the roads unless it is necessary so crews can clear streets and restore power.

[Updated at 4:07 p.m. ET] Blizzard warnings have been lifted for all of New Hampshire and most of Maine. A blizzard warning remains in effect for Penobscot, Hancock and Washington counties in Maine, including the city of Bar Harbor. These warnings are scheduled to expire at 7 p.m. EST Saturday.

[Updated at 4:05 p.m. ET] The National Weather Service has cancelled all coastal flood warnings for New England.

[Updated at 3:25 p.m. ET] The driving ban in Connecticut will be lifted at 4 p.m. Saturday, Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy said.

"We still want to urge residents to stay off the roads if at all possible," he said.

[Updated at 3:20 p.m. ET] Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has decided to lift the travel ban on his state's roads at 4 p.m. Saturday.

[Updated at 3:15 p.m. ET] The snowstorm has iced the Boston Bruins-Tampa Bay Lightning hockey game Saturday. The game was postponed because of the weather-related state of emergency in Boston.

The National Hockey League said in a statement that both teams and the "assigned on-ice officials" are in Boston. But travel conditions are too dangerous for fans, security and staff at the TD Garden.

[Updated at 2:40 p.m. ET] The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, said people who plan to attend Mass on Saturday evening or Sunday "should use prudence and extreme caution."

"In those situations where the conditions are extremely difficult or dangerous, the members of the Church are, of course, dispensed from the normal obligation," the diocese said in a statement.

[Updated at 2:35 p.m. ET] CNN's Brandon Miller captured this photo of a snow-covered Boston street after the storm tapered off.

Residents walk along a plowed Boston street on February 9, 2013 after more than 20-inches of snow fell.

[Updated at 2:02 p.m. ET]  According to utility figures compiled by CNN, 635,474 customers are without power in nine U.S. states.

[Updated at 1:48 p.m. ET] A boy helping his father shovel out their snowed-in car in Boston has died, the fire department said.  The 12-year-old died of carbon monoxide poisoning after he went into the running car to warm himself . The car's exhaust was covered by snow, causing the carbon monoxide to back up in the car. Emergency personnel responded. The child was pronounced dead at Boston Medical Center. He is the sixth person to die in the storm.

[Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET] Stay warm. It'll be cold tonight as temperatures drop, says Connecticut's governor.

[Updated at 1:05 p.m. ET] The Massachusetts driving ban will be lifted at 4 p.m. Saturday, Governor Deval Patrick announced on Twitter. Additionally, it is lifted immediately for NantucketCounty and all communities west of I-91, he said.

[Updated at 1:01 p.m. ET] A 49-year-old man in Shelton Connecticut died while he was trying to shovel out his car, police said. The precise cause of death is not known, but the fatality is storm related, police said. This brings the total number of deaths in the storm to five.

[Updated at 12:50 p.m. ET] Rhode Island is grappling with the storm and making exceptions for travel. Earlier, the governor ordered all non-emergency off the streets so snowplows can clear roadways.

[Updated at 12:46 p.m. ET] Boston Mayor Thomas Menino told reporters that his city "weathered the storm well."

He reported no major power outages and no severe flooding. He said the city's blizzard warning remains in effect until 1 p.m. today

"We still have a little way to go to get through the rest of the storm," he said.

[Updated at 12:15 p.m. ET] The storm prompted some New England states to ban travel on all roads. Here are updates from the governors of Connecticut and Massachusetts:

[Updated at 12:05 p.m. ET] Ambulance crews answering calls to help stranded motorists also got stuck in the storm in Bridgeport, Connecticut. But they improvised and got patients to hospitals.

Workers got some patients onto SUVs and in some instances, "ran them to the hospital," said Scott Appleby, the city's director of emergency management and homeland security. More than 3 feet of snow fell on the city.

“In my 18 years being the emergency management director this is the most [snow] that we’ve seen," Appleby said.

[Updated at 11:55 a.m. ET] More detail has emerged about stranded motorists and traffic accidents on New York's Long Island. 

Crews in Suffolk County helped remove motorists stranded along a county road and took them to a local town hall where they were given meals, a county official told CNN's Kirsten Swanson.

About 60 cars were stuck. Forty people were recovered but some wanted to stay in their cars as the blizzard.

On Long Island's Nassau County, more than 100 accidents occurred, a county official told CNN.

Long Island has been hammered by the storm. The town of Islip has received more than 27 inches.

[Updated at 11:38 a.m. ET] A car struck an 81-year-old woman using a snow blower in Prospect, Connecticut, on Friday night, Connecticut Gov.  Dannel Malloy said.

[Updated at 11:32 a.m. ET] Canada's Ontario province was hit badly by the storm. Two people died in traffic-related accidents, provincial police said. Along with the deaths, more 500 weather-related accidents were reported.

That brings the number of deaths in the storm to at least three in the United States and Canada. One death was reported earlier in New York state.

[Updated at 10:45 a.m. ET] Here's a dispatch and a picture from CNN's Brandon Miller, who is checking out the snowfall in Boston, which has received nearly 2 feet of snow:

Now that there is daylight, you can really get a feel for just how much snow has fallen in the last 24 hours. Where there was grass and bare ground yesterday morning, now there is several feet of drifted snow.

In some places, the snow appears only about 10 inches deep, but that's only because the wind has blown the fluffy light snow into a waist-high deep drift a few paces away.

At downtown Boston's iconic Quincy Market (pictured below), where a couple feet of snow has fallen, a Saturday morning would normally have loads of people walking through. This morning, however, it has only a few plow operators.

An image taken on Saturday shows about 2 feet of snow had fallen at Quincy Market in downtown Boston.

[Updated at 10:16 a.m. ET] Remember the news a few days ago that the Postal Service will end Saturday letter delivery in August? Today, New England and parts of New York are getting a preview, CNN's Pauline Kim reports.

Because of the weather, post offices are closed and no deliveries will be made today in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, and in the Hudson Valley area north of New York City, Postal Service representative Christine Dugas said.

"Conditions continue to be evaluated with public services through local post offices expected to resume on Monday," the Postal Service said Saturday morning.

[Updated at 9:55 a.m. ET] A sister of a New York man who police say died in a snow-related accident Friday says that he was walking his dog when a vehicle struck him.

Muril Hancock, 74, was struck by a car in Poughkeepsie on Friday afternoon, police say. The driver, an 18-year-old woman, lost control of the vehicle in the falling snow, and Hancock died in a hospital from his injuries, according to police.

Hancock's death is the one fatality CNN knows to have been linked to the snowfall so far.

His sister, Sharon Hancock of Manchester, New Hampshire, told CNN Saturday that her brother loved to fish and hunt, play the guitar and listen to jazz.

"He bought me my first car, he took me to college, and he called me every Saturday (or) Sunday faithfully by 7 o'clock," Sharon Hancock said. "He was the best brother."

[Updated at 9:24 a.m. ET] A quick snapshot of some of the higher snowfall totals from Friday into this morning:

Bridgeport, Connecticut: 38 inches
Hamden, Connecticut: 34 inches
Islip, New York (Long Island): 27.8 inches
Worcester, Massachusetts: 27.5 inches
Boston: 21.8 inches

Connecticut has "really (gotten) the sweet spot of this storm" so far, CNN meteorologist Alexandra Steele said.

[Updated at 9:02 a.m. ET] New York City appears to have fared a little better than central and eastern Long Island. The city generally received less snow (about 1 foot) than Long Island, Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters moments ago.

Snowfall has pretty much stopped in the the city. All highways there are clear, and most primary city roads also have been plowed, Bloomberg said. The rest of the streets, he said, would be plowed later today.

He said that if other areas, such as Long Island, can use the city's resources and manpower to recover from the storm, the city is willing to help, Bloomberg said.

People interested in tracking snow removal crews' progress in New York City can check out this city map.

[Posted at 8:58 a.m. ET] Motorists on Long Island especially eastern Long Island have had a miserable 14 hours or so. Hundreds of cars have been stuck across Long Island, including on the Long Island Expressway (I-495), the Suffolk County Police Department told CNN's Chris Boyette.

The number of stranded motorists exceeded the number of available and able tow truck operators. Many people have been recovered, but many were still out there early Saturday.

As of 8:15 a.m., the county police department said, the Long Island Expressway and the Sunrise Highway still were closed to non-emergency vehicles. “All the roads in Suffolk County are basically impassable,” a representative said.

See the 7:52 a.m. entry below to read about a Long Island Wal-Mart manager who kept his store open to shelter stranded motorists.

[Updated at 8:39 a.m. ET] New York-area airports are starting to stir but travelers still will have to wait a while to depart today, if they do at all.

Some cargo flights have resumed at JFK and Newark airports, according to Anthony Hayes, public information officer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Hayes says he anticipates commercial flights will resume at JFK, LaGuardia and Newark later today, but customers waiting to fly will need to check their flights with their airlines.

Boston Logan is expected to be closed until at least 3 p.m. today.

[Updated at 8:06 a.m. ET] Yesterday, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick issued a driving ban with some exceptions that went into effect at 4 p.m. ET.

CNN's Brandon Miller and CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen sent us the picture below, showing that people seemed to take the order seriously Friday afternoon. It was eerie to see Boston's Hanover Street empty, Miller said, given that it was the evening rush hour.

Hanover Street in Boston is empty on Friday afternoon after Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick banned non-essential travel ahead of a powerful snowstorm.

[Updated at 7:52 a.m. ET] It was a long night for a manager of a Wal-Mart on Long Island. The store closed during the storm Friday, but the manager and other workers let 20 or so stranded motorists take shelter inside overnight.

Manager Jerry Greek told CNN that a number of vehicles had crashed or were stuck in the snow on roads not far from the store in Middle Island, New York.

"People started calling the store from their car, seeing if we were open. ... Naturally we just let them come in," Greek said by phone on Saturday morning.

[Updated at 7:31 a.m. ET] This might help give you an idea why Connecticut's governor would ban travel on all its roads until further notice:

In Hartford, snow plow crews were trying to keep up overnight, but with 4 inches falling per hour at one point, "our crews were not able to see where they were going," Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra told CNN Friday morning.

Snow plowing was suspended for a time in the capital city. It has now resumed, with crews focusing on roads leading to hospitals. Hartford has received more than 2 feet of snow since Friday.

Connecticut's governor this morning banned travel on all roads not just highways. Exceptions are made for certain people, such as emergency personnel.

[Updated at 7:21 a.m. ET] Maine already has been hit hard by the storm, getting more than 2 feet of snow in the southern portion but it has a way to go still, with the snow there not expected to stop until tonight.

One of the biggest challenges there will be storm surges in the state's low-lying southern shoreline, state emergency management director Robert McAleer said.

With strong winds pushing from east to west, 3-foot storm surges are possible there, McAleer said.

"It's prone to damage under these types of conditions, and we're watching that situation very, very closely," McAleer said.

[Updated at 7:14 a.m. ET] Rhode Island is having a tough morning: It may have seen the worst power outage relative to its size, with over 180,000 customers losing electricity service.

Rhode Island banned general travel on highways starting yesterday, but Gov. Lincoln Chafee is urging people to stay off all the roads if travel isn't absolutely necessary he wants the roads to be clear to help power crews get around and make repairs.

"We all have to do our best, especially with people staying off the roads. It’s critical," Chafee told CNN.

[Updated at 7:01 a.m. ET] If you guessed that you'd have some difficulty flying to the Northeast today, you'd be correct. About 1,700 flights in the area have been cancelled for Saturday alone. Boston's Logan airport are among those closed Saturday morning.

[Updated at 6:52 a.m. ET] Central Connecticut has seen some of the heaviest snowfall so far, so it's not likely that too many people would be in a position to drive. But even if they were able and willing, it'd be against the law.

All roads not just highways, as you'd often hear in serious storms in Connecticut are closed until further notice, according to Gov. Dannel Malloy's communications director, Andrew Doba. Exceptions will be made for emergency vehicles capable of snow travel.

Hamden, Connecticut, has recorded the deepest accumulation we've seen so far in this storm: 34 inches. The state's capital, Hartford, has recorded 4.4 inches.

[Posted at 6:25 a.m. ET] Hundreds of thousands of people in the Northeast are waking up without power this morning as a monster snowstorm, at times with hurricane-force winds, continues to make its way through the region.

The storm has dropped snow from eastern Pennsylvania to Maine from Friday into this morning and left one man dead and about 650,000 customers without power in the Northeast.

Hamden, Connecticut, leads the snowfall tally so far, with 34 inches. Peak wind gusts have exceeded 80 mph in places, including Cuttyhunk, Massachusetts, which has recorded a gust of 83 mph.

Snowfall is wrapping up in New York City right now. The snow will stop in the Boston area this afternoon, and in Maine tonight, CNN meteorologist Alexandra Steele says.

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  1. 1608

    Goodmorning all. Just over 26.5 ins. in Worcester Ma. with a little more to come.

    February 9, 2013 at 6:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • So what

      are you ok? Do you have heat? Do you have food? Do you have a warm coat? Did you choose to live there with all this climate change? The answer is yes. I think you'll live survive. Yawn

      February 9, 2013 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • 1608

      So What. Yes.Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Thank you and I love it

      February 9, 2013 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Johnathan

      1608,
      Hope you are doing fine and staying warm.

      February 9, 2013 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      1608 I've been to Worcester YEARS ago when I was stationed at Devens. Stay warm and enjoy it's beauty!

      February 9, 2013 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Leave it to the Queen of Pomposity and Hypocrisy Ashely Bamfield to be driving down I-95 and at the same time calling people "idiots" for driving in this.

      Now she's on the air screaming at people to get off the road. . . . She is god awful.

      February 9, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mon

      38 inches in Hartford, surprised Boston is getting all of the attention with 24.

      February 9, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Seriously?

    @ So what...if I hear one more person talk about "climate change" I'm going to go insane. This is a Noreaster. We've only been having them as long as there have been weather recordings in the Northeast. It's a storm, albeit a big one. stop trying to politicize it.

    February 9, 2013 at 8:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • tony

      Study the mathematics of Statistics. Then you'll know, like the others who do.

      February 9, 2013 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      The fact that you think climate change is a political issue indicates we should disregard pretty much everything you say. tool.

      February 9, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • SLNH

      The blizzard would not be an indication of climate change but the paucity of snow in the last 2 years would.

      February 9, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. stevewardrip

    Prayers of safety, assurance and relief for all who are affected by the blizzard. God is with you in your time of trouble. Trust in Him. Rejoice in Him.

    February 9, 2013 at 8:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Patricia

      You are so right.

      February 9, 2013 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      Isn't god the one who is dumping the snow on these people in the first place? Instead of chanting to your sky myth, get off your lazy a$$ and actually do something. If i get shot, i'm not going to ask the shooter for help.

      February 9, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    You mean those two guys are STILL there at that light pole? OMG, unfreeze them please... anyone ! ;) Lol Good morning 1608

    February 9, 2013 at 8:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Jason

    gas stations are forcing their employees to go into work despite travel bans for all non emergency vehicles.

    February 9, 2013 at 9:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • SLNH

      The ban is on non essential workers. Gas stations as well as food markets and hardware stores wood be part of the exceptions to the ban.

      February 9, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jason

    they may also be violating Labor laws because some places have no heat or electricity.

    February 9, 2013 at 9:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Larry Simpson

    72 tomorrow in dallas,come on down

    February 9, 2013 at 10:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. chrissy

    @ So What, compassionate guy aint ya? @ Mary, now THAT was funny. And @ 1608 im glad youre ok and you enjoy this weather.

    February 9, 2013 at 10:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Jim

    It's really beautiful!

    February 9, 2013 at 11:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. fernace

    I feel for all of you digging out from this storm! Hope power can be restored quickly & that y'all have alternate heat sources in the mean time! This is 1 of those moments when I'm glad for the temperate winters in Cen-Tx! Talk to me in a couple of months tho, when the tripple digit heat starts! We all have our "extreme weather" to bear!!

    February 9, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Helmut

    Climate change? Ha! That's what all the cry-babies fell back on once "global warming" was debunked. Climate change is when somebody who champions the term (and is a known liar) sells their TV station to Jihadists for the all-hated American dollar.

    February 9, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Jamie

    Hate watching those stupid reporters standing in the middle of a storm. Viewers pictures or video's tell a better story

    February 9, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. PaulnJasmine

    hope everyone is safe and sopund and not buried in the snow!!!! is maine really as beautiful as said even with feet of snow on top of it?

    February 9, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Hank

    It's still snowing here. Power is out. Not fun.

    February 9, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Dizzyd

    Climate change(Sound of Seriously? screaming in background)
    Seriously (ha), Helmut, even you have to admit that there's been crazy weather happening more often. My prayers are with you all back there. I hope Punxtawney (?) Phil was right about that early spring, 'cuz I'M ready for it, and I live in CA. How much more you guys!

    February 9, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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