Powerful East Coast storm kills 9, triggers coastal flooding and leaves millions without power

Michael Livingston, Los Angeles Times on

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"We are continuing to see a number of serious accidents on bridges and roadways, and power outages throughout the state," Hogan said in a statement.

The storm hit Friday and weakened Saturday as it headed out to sea. In Boston winds died down significantly to 15 mph, with the rain having stopped between midnight and 2 a.m.

More than 600 flights within the U.S. had been canceled by late afternoon Saturday, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware. Boston Logan International, Philadelphia International and John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports in New York saw the most cancellations.

Amtrak canceled service to and from Boston, the District of Columbia and New York on Friday for what the company on Twitter called "hazardous conditions." Trains resumed service Saturday with modified schedules.

Thousands of messages flooded the Twitter handles of Amtrak, Delta Airlines and other transportation companies with complaints, questions and demands for refunds and clarity.

LaGuardia Airport reported more than 600 cancellations Friday afternoon. A viral video on Twitter showed winds blowing hard enough to lift a portion of a hangar's roof.

In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered emergency operations centers to open from Long Island to Buffalo. Snowfall in New York ranged from 10 to 20 inches, and more than 300,000 people were without power.

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The nor'easter's reach extended from Maine to North Carolina, where the state's Outer Banks received storm and flood warnings. In the beach town of Nags Head, authorities warned of moderate to severe flooding but that didn't seem to deter some residents.

Peyton Gwinn, a hostess at the seafood restaurant Tortugas Lie in Nags Head, said, "We've been busy for the past couple of days ... nothing's stopped us or our customers, yet."

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