Cities Brace For Power Outages As Another Nor'easter Hits US

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Thundersnow - when thunder and lightning occur during a snowstorm - was even reported in New York City, New Jersey and CT. But if the rain/snow line moves farther east, Boston's snow accumulation would rise. At the height of the storm, 2,787 flights were canceled around the U.S. Another 465 were scrubbed Thursday, mostly from Boston's Logan International Airport, according to FlightAware, a Houston-based airline tracking service.

In Pennsylvania, Philadelphia was forecast to get between 6 to 8 inches Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

There have been more than 700,000 thousand outages in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, according to Poweroutage.us.

As many as nine people, two of which were children, died as a result of last week's storm, which scientists said met the definition of a "bomb cyclone". In Massachusetts alone more than 280,000 customers were without power.

In Pennsylvania, all commercial vehicles are banned from interstates 380 and 84, while empty straight trucks, double trailers and other types of commercial carriers have been ordered off several other major interstates including 78, 81 and 80.

"Customers who are still without power for days are rightfully frustrated", said New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy. Officials have also reduced speeds to 45 miles per hour. New York City's Metro-North commuter railroad suspended service on lines connecting the city to its northern suburbs and CT because of downed trees, and the Long Island Rail Road also was experiencing delays.

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"Amtrak is actively monitoring the approaching storm and positioning engineering crews and locomotives at strategic locations along the corridor", the rail carrier said.

New Jersey was walloped, with some communities reporting more than 14 inches. "Additionally, we are working with tree removal companies to proactively remove limbs and branches that are close to the right of way".

Philadelphia, New York and Boston could see fair amounts of snow, but areas inland could receive even more.

Capt. Todd Malland of the Manchester Township police department said the woman was holding an umbrella while on bus duty outside the Manchester Middle School around 2:30 p.m. when the strike occurred.

When it comes to snowfall, NY should breathe a sigh of relief. Schools throughout New England, including Boston Public Schools, were shut in advance of the latest blizzard as the National Weather Service forecast white-out conditions. All were expected to survive. She was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Officials warned homeowners of the danger of heart attacks from shoveling heavy snow.

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