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United States: Tens of thousands of people without power along East Coast amid deep freeze

Tens of thousands of people woke up without power on Sunday as the East Coast was plunged into a deep freeze after a powerful nor’easter dumped mounds of snow and flooded coastlines.

Massachusetts bore the brunt of the storm, with the town of Sharon getting more than 30 inches of snow on Saturday night, the National Weather Service said in a tweet.

It was one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast in four years, with blizzard conditions recorded in several states.




Just over 60,000 households in the state were without power early on Sunday, according to online tracker PowerOutage.us. At the peak of the storm on Saturday, it said as many as 100,000 had been left in the dark.

However, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker warned that the clean-up would likely to continue into Monday as peak wind gusts on Saturday night would had prevented workers from fixing downed power lines.

“When the snow stops falling we’ll be dealing with the impacts of the storm for a few days,” he told a news conference late Saturday.



Urging people to stay home unless absolutely necessary, he said road conditions would “continue to be hazardous.” Interstates he said, were “especially prone to snow drifts.”

Air travel was also affected throughout the region.

Hundreds of flights were canceled over the weekend at the Boston Logan International Airport.

In New York, officials said Saturday that more than 76 percent of flights were canceled at John F. Kennedy International Airport and more than 98 percent at LaGuardia Airport. Newark Airport in New Jersey canceled more than 85 percent of flights.