March 15th, 2010
11:54 AM ET

Update: Nor'easter leaves many in the dark

[Updated 11:54 a.m.] Seven deaths have been attributed to the nor'easter affecting the Eastern Seaboard, and more than 300,000 customers remained without power Monday in the Northeast after rain and fierce winds.

[Updated 10:47 a.m.] Con Edison said more than 86,000 customers were without power Monday in New York City and Westchester County, New York, while the Long Island Power Authority said that 64,437 customers were without electricity.

In New Jersey, about 100,000 were without power. In Connecticut, the number was 55,101. In Pennsylvania, utility companies had restored power to a majority of residents and counted 328 still in the dark Monday morning.

[Posted at 8:15 a.m.] Crews fought Mother Nature to restore power to more than 400,000 homes as a powerful low-pressure system churned off the Eastern Seaboard on Monday.

Hurricane-force winds over the weekend toppled trees, taking power lines with them. Heavy rain caused flooding and airport delays across the region.

"High winds are over, but the rain and flood threat remain in Mid-Atlantic and Northeast," CNN meteorologist Jacqui Jeras said.

Some coastal areas have received over six inches of rain since Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Flood warnings remained in effect from Maryland to Maine.

Flooding in West Virginia caused one death there, authorities said.  Two men died Sunday in Teaneck, New Jersey, after a tree fell on their vehicle.

Con Edison said more than 100,000 customers were without power in New York City and Westchester County on Sunday, while the Long Island Power Authority said that 95,000 of its customers were without electricity. In New Jersey, about 185,000 were without power. In Connecticut, the number was 65,000.

"The ground is so wet from all the snow we've had this winter, it's helping the trees to topple over, as well as our utility poles," said Long Island Power Authority President and CEO Kevin Law. "The conditions are still too terrible to get crews out there."

Some customers probably will go without power until early in the week, Law said.

The outages were due mostly to power lines downed by Saturday's winds, which knocked over trees and utility polls. Wind speeds reached 75 mph at New York's JFK International Airport - as strong as a Category 1 hurricane - and 72 mph in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

New York-area airports reported delays of at least two hours on Sunday, while Boston's Logan International Airport averaged 40-minute delays.

In the Midwest, meanwhile, flooding continued because of snow melt, rain and ice jams. Farther west, North Dakota's Red River is expected to reach major flood stage around Fargo and Moorhead on Tuesday.

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