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US storm: New England battered by heavy snow and high winds as latest winter storm causes havoc

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 14-03-2018 Robin De Peyer

Heavy snow and high winds have battered the north-east of the US in the latest of a series of fierce winter storms.

More than a quarter of a million people were left without power as blizzard conditions caused chaos.

Two feet of snow covered some towns in the third major storm in two weeks.

The National Weather Service said Derry, New Hampshire, got 25 inches, while Burrillville, Rhode Island, and Kezar Falls, Maine, both got 20 inches.

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High winds and blowing snow led meteorologists to categorise the storm as a blizzard in parts of New England, including Boston. Gusts approached 70mph on Cape Cod, the weather service said.

“The groundhog was right. Six more weeks of winter, and probably then some,” said Paul Knight, of Portland, Maine, referring to the annual tradition of using the animal to predict the start of spring.

At one point, more than a quarter of a million people were without power in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

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Utility companies said they would have extra crews out on Wednesday to restore power to those still without it.

Amtrak suspended all service on Tuesday between Boston and New York City. The railroad later announced that most services between the two cities would resume on Wednesday.

Road and air travel also was disrupted.

Slippy roads were blamed for at least one death in North Carolina, and flight-tracking site FlightAware reported more than 1,500 cancelled flights.

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Hundreds of thousands of homes were left without power due to the storm.

Janice James's house in Osterville on Cape Cod was in the dark again after losing power for three days in the last storm.

Mrs James and her four children spent the day eating food she made before the storm and hoping the lights and heating would come back soon. "We are freezing," the 39-year-old said.

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