NEW YORK (CBSMiami) – Cleanup is underway across the Northeast after the second big storm in less than a week dumped heavy snow and knocked out power for hundreds of thousands.
Hundreds of cars and trucks were stuck for hours on highways Wednesday evening as the storm moved in, emergency crews had to use snowmobiles to shuttle people to safety.
Wet, heavy snow toppled trees and power lines causing several fires. Almost a million people began the day without electricity, including more than 100,000 in Connecticut.
“There are people without power. We understand that is not optimal. We are working with the utilities and watching the utilities in their recovery effort,” said Connecticut Gov. Daniel Malloy.
At least two feet of snow fell in parts of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont. More than 26-hundred flights were canceled.
Near Philadelphia, the women’s basketball team at Northeastern University had to push their bus to get it out of the snow.
Coastal areas were spared the heavy snow, but parts of East Haven, Connecticut are underwater and so are residents of Duxbury, Massachusetts.
“We love it here, but we think they can be better prepared as far as having a pump or something to bail people out so we don’t have to go through this,” said Duxbury resident Joseph Soars.
At least one death is being blamed on the storm, an 88-year-old woman in upstate New York, killed by a falling tree.
Forecasters say there is potential for yet another storm early next week. That one though, if it makes landfall, would more likely hit further south around the Washington DC area.