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. William Patrick

    Never an early spring here in Maine. That's ok because I'm usually at the restaurant fixing up my cheflike creations.

    February 9, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. NIck

    Snowstorm/Blizzard in the NE- LI, CT, MA- got nailed the rest of us get a lot of snow. Its winter and its NORMAL- we had one 1 1/2 years ago and survived- and we all survived this one. Welcome to winter !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 9, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jsl

      Thank You!!! Use to live beck east, only the media hypes this. My favorite was 7' of snow at my sisters in the Sierras in 3 days. We were snowed in for 10 days. As you said, its winter

      February 9, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • snowdogg

      "only the media hypes this"

      Totally agree... it is winter in New England folks... get over it!

      February 9, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jsl

    Okay, your CNN reporter at the gas station is truly ridiculous. OMG! A convoy of 10 utility trucks drove by. Wow, how shocking. You'd think she was reporting a plane crash. Then she wants to insult people by stating people are just out galavanting, then in the next sentence she recognizing they are in need of fuel and food. Now she comes back on and says a car of youth were just spinning donuts with the car. Seriously!? I guess she has forgotten she showed the road earlier, no place to spin donuts. Since she had a cam, why not show us the -"stupid people." Then she's going to apologizes for her fellow New Englanders. How about interview these stupid people all around you and ask them why they are out. You might learn some have language issues, done are new to the area, could be their first storm, I know many are elderly who didn't have the resources to get supplies earlier. Nope, to her they are all stupid people

    February 9, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Larry Simpson

      yes they are

      February 9, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanity"

    2 deaths in Ontario? Where's that state?

    February 9, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ariel

      Ontario is in Canada, it's a province not a state. R.i.P to those who have passed away tragically, and I am praying for everyone else who is in the snowstorm to be kept safe and healthy.

      February 9, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maxxbna

      Just because they mention Ontario doesn't mean it is not newsworthy. The United States is not the only country in the world, and not the only one affected by the blizzard.

      February 9, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jessi

    What parent makes their 11 year old do that? STAY INSIDE....GEEZ!

    February 9, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ariel

      Not a very smart parent at that :( so young. r.i.p.

      February 9, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Al

    Enjoy the snow while you can! Stay warm and help your neighbors out! Much love from MN

    February 9, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Larry Simpson

    how is that groundhog thingy working out for you guys?

    February 9, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. FRANCIS DEBRA

    God be your with you,stay blessed.

    February 9, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. 1608

    Hello people of the north east and Canada.. I hpoe you are all doin well and have heat. My only problem is that i have to walk in the street if i don't want to drive.

    And yes i still love it..

    February 9, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. chrissy

    Lol @ 1608, we in michigan can empathise with you on that! Personally speaking,after all my life here you can keep it! Lol

    February 9, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. If The Broom Fits, Ride It

    A cop is staking out a bar for drunk drivers. At closing time, he sees a guy stumble out of the bar, trip on the curb, and fumble for his keys for five minutes. When he finally gets in, it takes him another five minutes to get the key in the ignition. Meanwhile, everybody else leaves the bar and drives off. When he finally pulls away, the cop is waiting for him, pulls him over, and gives him a Breathalyzer test. The test shows he has a blood alcohol level of 0.0 The cop says, 'How is this possible?' The guy says, 'Tonight I'm the designated decoy.'

    February 9, 2013 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. chrissy

    Lol ok now THAT was funny!

    February 9, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Chris Dorner

    Ah, who cares about the rude and hateful people up there? They got it coming to them.

    February 9, 2013 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. If The Broom Fits, Ride It

    The Bond Between Mother and Son Lasts a Lifetime
    The bond between mother and son is a special one.
    It remains unchanged by time or distance.
    It is the purest love ~
    unconditional and true.
    It is understanding and true.
    It is understanding of any situation
    and forgiving of any mistake...

    Disclaimer: This should be true of all Mothers and Sons. Sadly it is not.

    February 9, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. chrissy

    Lol @ dazzle, and then came the village idiot Chris Dormer, who is most obviously an imposter.

    February 9, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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