6 Deaths Blamed on Storm as Snow Cripples Tri-State, Traps Cars
A powerful snowstorm whirled through the tri-state with hurricane-strength winds, dumping more than 30 inches of snow in some areas by Saturday, crippling transit and knocking out power for hundreds of thousands.
Police say hundreds of cars became stuck on the Long Island Expressway in Suffolk County, where the town of Medford saw 33 inches.
“It came down hard and fast and we’ve got a mess of a situation,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone told NBC 4 New York Saturday.
There were six reported deaths in storm-related accidents in New York and Connecticut.
Cars stuck on a road in Farmingville on Long Island. Suffolk County has seen nearly 30 inches of snow in some places.
A Poughkeepsie, N.Y. man died after he was struck by a car on a snowy road, officials said. Five other deaths were reported by the Connecticut Office of Emergency Management.
Long Island and Connecticut bore the brunt of the storm in the metro area. Fairfield, Conn. got 35 inches, while Stratford saw 33. Gov. Dannel Malloy closed all roads statewide for most of the day Saturday, and when he lifted the order at 4 p.m., he asked drivers only to go out if necessary.
“I still want to urge residents to stay off the roads if at all possible,” he said. “The longer we can keep traffic out of town centers and off of our highways, the more effective our recovery effort will be.”
In New York City, 11 inches fell in Central Park, 15 in the Bronx, 9 in Brooklyn, 15 in Queens and 12 in Staten Island. In New Jersey, Bergen County saw 17 inches and Newark Airport had 10.
Wind gusts reached 82 mph in Westport, Conn., 75 mph at Plum Island, N.Y. and 40 mph at LaGuardia.
- Police say dozens of disabled motorists were stuck for hours on the Long Island Expressway after conditions worsened quickly Friday afternoon. Authorities say vehicles backed up along a 6-mile stretch of the roadway, and mounds of snow from plows made it difficult for them to exit the highway.
- The Long Island Rail Road has suspended service on several branches.
- The Long Island Expressway and the Sunrise Highway have been closed in Suffolk County due to hazardous conditions. Only emergency vehicle are allowed on those roads in Suffolk.
- LIPA reports more than 10,000 outages. Check the LIPA outage map
NEW YORK CITY
- Mayor Bloomberg said Saturday that the city “certainly avoided the worst of it.”
- He said the Sanitation Department would be out throughout the day to clear streets.
- JFK and LaGuardia airports began resuming flights Saturday morning.
- If you live in New York City, go here to track the progress of snow plows on your street.
- Amtrak has canceled all service between New York and Boston for Saturday. Other service is operating out of New York Penn Station. Passengers should check Amtrak.com for updates.
- The Staten Island Ferry is operating on a modified schedule.
- Con Edison was reporting scattered outages. See map
- Malloy said Metro-North in Connecticut might not be up and running fully by the Monday morning commute. Some train yards were buried in more than 2 feet of snow, he said.
- The Connecticut Office of Emergency Management announced five storm-related deaths on Saturday.
- A woman using a snowblower was hit by a car and killed in Prospect.
- A 49-year-old man died while digging out his car in Shelton.
- A 55-year-old man in New Milford had an apparent heart attack while plowing.
- A 53-year-old man in Bridgeport was found dead under snow at his house
- A 73-year-old man died after falling on his porch in Danbury.
- Malloy said the process of clearing the roads is “10 days worth of work”
- Bradley Airport is closed.
- Connecticut Light & Power reported more than 39,000 outages. The United Illuminating Company also reported outages.
- CT Transit bus service stopped running at 6 p.m. Friday
WESTCHESTER, HUDSON VALLEY and UPSTATE
- Police say a 74-year-old Poughkeepsie man died after being struck by a car on a snowy street. Muril M. Hancock was hit around 12:30 p.m. Friday as he walked near the shoulder of the road. The car’s 18-year-old driver said she lost control because of snowy conditions.
- Metro-North resumed service at 11 a.m on the Hudson Line and Harlem Line from Grand Central to Southeast.
- Newark Airport began resuming limited flights Saturday.
- NJ Transit bus service is back, but riders can expect delays. Service was restored on the Morris & Essex and Montclair-Boonton rail lines. Check NJTransit.com for updates and details.
- Scattered outages are reported.