Five killed as storm sweeps through US

Strong winds leave a tangled mess of felled power poles on Arsenal Street in Watertown, Massachusetts, on Friday.
Strong winds leave a tangled mess of felled power poles on Arsenal Street in Watertown, Massachusetts, on Friday.PHOTO: EPA-EFE
A shed and home in Quincy, Massachusetts, are inundated as a north-easter hits the east coast on Friday, bringing coastal flooding, heavy snow and strong winds to the area.
A shed and home in Quincy, Massachusetts, are inundated as a north-easter hits the east coast on Friday, bringing coastal flooding, heavy snow and strong winds to the area.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

BOSTON • A winter storm that killed at least five people moved away from the north-eastern United States yesterday, leaving a trail of flooded streets, power outages and brutal winds, forecasters said.

Snow and rain was forecast to taper off as skies clear, but wind gusts of up to 80kmh were expected to persist through yesterday across the region, the National Weather Service said.

In Boston and nearby coastal communities, storm surges and high tides sent seawater across streets, flooding some buildings, the second floods there this year. Wind gusts of more than 145kmh downed trees and power lines a day earlier.

Almost 2.4 million homes and businesses had no power in the North-east and Mid-west early yesterday. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared states of emergency.

"Please use common sense, heed all warnings, and stay inside and off the roads if possible," Mr Hogan said in a statement.

Falling trees killed five people, including two boys, across the region, according to local media and police.

Private forecasting service AccuWeather said the storm dumped as much as 46cm of snow on parts of New York state and Pennsylvania.

It also snarled transportation from the Middle Atlantic into New England, with more than a quarter of flights into and out of New York's three major airports and Boston's airport cancelled, tracking service FlightAware.com reported.

One flight landing at Washington's Dulles International Airport came in through turbulence so rough that most passengers became sick and the pilots were on the verge of becoming ill, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Passenger railroad Amtrak worked to restore service across the region as it removed downed trees on tracks.

Amtrak said it cancelled more than a dozen trains and modified its schedule in the North-east yesterday.

REUTERS

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