October 30, 2011 in Nation/World

East Coast hit by early snow

Genaro C. Armas Associated Press
 
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A snowman made of pumpkins sits on a lawn Saturday in Northampton, Pa., after an unusually early and powerful storm dumped several inches of snow.
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Losing power

 The unusually early snowstorm knocked out power to more than 2 million homes and businesses. Where the outages occurred:

• New Jersey: More than 665,000, including the residence of Gov. Chris Christie

• Pennsylvania: More than 560,000

• Connecticut: More than 550,000

• Massachusetts: More than 320,000

• New York: More than 260,000

• Western Maryland: More than 26,000

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – An unusually early and powerful nor’easter dumped wet, heavy snow Saturday from the mid-Atlantic to New England, toppling leafy trees and power lines and knocking out electricity to more than 2 million homes and businesses.

Communities inland were getting hit hardest, with eastern Pennsylvania serving as the bull’s-eye for the storm. West Milford, N.J., about 45 miles northwest of New York City, had received 15.5 inches of snow by Saturday night, while Plainfield, Mass., had gotten 14.3 inches. New York City’s Central Park set a record for both the date and the month of October with 1.3 inches of snow.

More than 2.3 million customers lost power from Maryland north through Massachusetts, and utilities were bringing in crews from other states to help restore it.

At least three deaths have been blamed on the storm.

“It’s a little startling. I mean, it’s only October,” said Craig Brodur, who was playing keno with a friend at Northampton Convenience in western Massachusetts, which had received about 4 inches of snow by Saturday night.

And the storm was expected to worsen as it swept north. The heaviest snowfall was forecast for later in the day into today in the Massachusetts Berkshires, the Litchfield Hills in northwestern Connecticut, southwestern New Hampshire and the southern Green Mountains.

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