US hit by massive blizzard
on 09/02/2013 09:01:18
So far, it has dumped nearly two feet of snow on New England and knocked out power to more than a half a million customers.
More than 23 inches of snow had fallen in parts of central Connecticut by early today, and more than 21 inches covered Randolph in south-eastern Massachusetts.
The National Weather Service said up to three feet of snow is expected in Boston, threatening the city's 2003 record of 27.6 inches.
Throughout the Northeast, more than 600,000 homes and businesses lost electricity. Airlines cancelled more than 5,300 flights today, and New York City's three major airports and Boston's Logan Airport closed.
The storm is being blamed on at least four deaths in New York and Canada.
Earlier police in New York said hundreds of cars are stuck on the Long Island Expressway during the massive snowstorm and dozens of disabled motorists are still on the road.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said a power plant in Massachusetts had lost power and shut down during the snowstorm.
The NRC said the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth experienced an automatic shutdown at around 9:15pm on Friday after losing off-site power.
Spokesman Neil Sheehan said the plant has declared an unusual event, which is the lowest level of emergency classification.
Mr Sheehan said that the reactor shut down without any problems and that backup generators are powering plant equipment.
The NRC said there's no threat to public safety.