Parts of New England have received more than a foot of snow caused by a slow-moving storm centered far out in the Atlantic Ocean. Coastal flooding washed away a home in Massachusetts. Commutes have turned into slushy crawls.
Plum Island, a coastal community 40 miles north of Boston, had the greatest damage. High tide and heavy storm surge pushed the sea about 10 feet higher than normal. One two-story beachfront home collapsed on its side. “This was a home that, coming into this morning, had its foundation compromised, there was a crack in it. It was not a surprise at this point,” said Peter Judge, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, adding that the state was “watching a number of other houses” along the same coastal road.
From Massachusetts south to New York and Pennsylvania, snow made for slippery commutes. Thousands of home and businesses lack power and schools across new England remain closed.
Some districts, including Boston were criticized for holding classes despite icy sidewalk and poorly plowed road. The National Weather Service reported 13 inches of snow at Logan International Airport, with up to 22 inches in parts of Massachusetts and Connecticut. “This is a heavier-than-projected snowfall which made this morning’s commute if anyone was in it-and I was- a mess,” Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said at a briefing.
On Cape Cod, which expected mostly rain from the storm, officials worried about beach erosion in the area that suffered extensive erosion from Super-storm Sandy. “We’ve really gotten more erosion in the last six months than we’ve experienced in the last decade,” said Sandwich Town Manager George Dunham. “These three storms are really taking a toll.”
The long-enduring storm killed three people in Virginia, including a 22- year-old man who died after his vehicle ran off an icy road. Central and western Virginia had more than 200,00 outages at the height of the storm.
Throughout the area, beleaguered residents are still looking for the “early Spring” that Punxsutawney Phil, the prognosticating groundhog predicted on February 2nd, Groundhog Day.
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