Blizzards storm over across over eastern U.S and Canada

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  1. Vidboy10

    Vidboy10 Tsardom

    Dec 15, 2008
    Vancouver, B.C
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    <p align=" " class="none">New York (CNN) -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday asked residents not to dial 911 unless calling about a life-saving emergency, as edgy travelers faced difficult weather conditions stemming from the fifth-largest storm in the New York City's history.
    Blizzard conditions halted flights at New York's three major airports, slowed rail travel and continued to create treacherous conditions on roads throughout the East Coast.
    The storm brought high winds -- in some cases as much as 80 miles per hour -- and blinding snow to much of the East Coast beginning Sunday. Some places were forecast to receive as much as 30 inches of snow overall. Blizzard warnings remained in effect through Monday for much of coastal New England, where coastal flooding was also a problem.
    Incoming and departing flights were suspended at New York's John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports Sunday night, as well as at Newark Liberty International Airport in neighboring north New Jersey, Port Authority spokeswoman Sara Joren said.

    Newark Airport will remain closed until further notification, while New York's John F. Kennedy is expected to reopen at 6 p.m. ET Monday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
    One runway is expected to open at 4 p.m. ET at LaGuardia Airport, where more than 250 passengers had been left stranded, according to LaGuardia Airport General Manager Thomas Bosco.
    Bosco said he expects only a few Monday flights will resume as airport crews continue to clear additional runways.
    "This storm was one of the most challenging storms we've had in a decade or two," he said. "We had 25 inches several years ago, but the snow stayed in place. Today the snow piles are drifting."
    The federal Transportation Security Administration also is coordinating with airports and airlines to bolster staffing as necessary for when flights resume, according to spokeswoman Sterling Payne.
    Travelers were seen sleeping on cots and atop luggage carousels overnight, while less fortunate people bedded down on airport floors.
    "It looked like everybody was camping inside," said Jacob Chmielecki, who was stranded with his family at New York's LaGuardia airport.
    His father, Mike, said he "thought we were going to be on the floor."
    "The cots were an upgrade," he said.
    Thousands of flights have been canceled since the storm began, according to airline representatives.
    Amtrak, which had canceled service between Boston and New York on Sunday, said Monday morning that it had resumed limited service between the two cities. But spokesman Cliff Cole warned that many trains may already be sold out.
    The passenger train service's decision to cancel service on Sunday affected some 10,000 passengers.
    In New York, some 400 passengers were trapped overnight aboard a Manhattan-bound subway as a result of weather conditions, according to Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Charles Seaton.
    The train was stopped between 1 a.m.ET and 8 a.m.ET during the above-ground portion of its trip from Queens, New York, he said. Once the train was able to move on, it arrived in Manhattan and there were no reports of injuries to any of the passengers.
    "It was a big storm and it hit us hard," said New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Jay Walder, who said Long Island Railroad cancellations also left hundreds stranded at the city's Pennsylvania railroad station.

    Travel by road also was difficult. Emergency declarations were in place Monday in Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and Massachusetts, among other places.
    Some 50 people aboard two tour buses traveling from Atlantic City, New Jersey, to New York became stranded around midnight Monday on the Garden State Parkway near West Trenton, according to New Jersey State Police spokesman Stephen Jones.
    Police had freed one bus from the snow, but were still struggling to free the second by Monday afternoon, Jones said.
    "It's a matter of trying to get tow trucks out there," he said. "The bus is actually off the road and has to be pulled out from where it is. And there are no tow trucks with heavy-duty tows available."
    Up to 50 cars also were trapped near the bus, said state police spokesman Rick Fuentes. Half of those cars were abandoned as 5-foot snow drifts rendered sections of the road virtually impassable, Fuentes said.
    Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell has asked people to stay off the state's roads unless absolutely necessary, said Peter Boynton, the commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Emergency Management.
    "If you have to be on the road, of course, the rule of the day is take it slow," he said.
    Many residents were seen stocking up on food and supplies at local markets in anticipation of the weather.
    "The lines went out the door and around the store," said CNN Producer Katy Byron in Weston, Connecticut. "You could hear plows working throughout the night and today we haven't even started shoveling because the wind has been gusting so much."
    In New Jersey, acting Gov. Stephen Sweeney ordered state offices closed and urged motorists to stay off roadways.
    In Massachusetts coastal flooding was an issue. Fire crews in Scituate, Massachusetts, had to use inflatable boats to rescue a family of four from a beachfront home after a vacant summer home next door caught fire, WCVB-TV reported. Three other people were rescued from another home, according to the station.

    Gov. Deval Patrick said the state was handling the storm well despite the tremendous snow totals, high winds and flooding.
    "We are used to severe weather this time of year and everybody seems to be coping," he said.
    Airports that normally would have been flush with activity after Christmas were largely quiet Monday as many would-be travelers stayed away, thanks in part to many airlines' pre-emptive cancellations.
    But not all. Shabaz Motan came to LaGuardia on Sunday afternoon even though he knew his flight to Chicago had been canceled. He was hoping to get a free hotel room or flight voucher from the airline, but he ended up sleeping on a cot because airline officials told him it wasn't their fault he couldn't fly.
    "It's been tough," he said.
    Julie Stratton also spent the night at LaGuardia. She was scheduled to fly to Indianapolis, Indiana, on Sunday, but said Monday she is now being told she may not be able to fly out until Thursday.
    "It's not the best of scenarios, no," she said. "But you just have to make the best of it. There's nothing else you can do."
    At JFK, travel writer Jason Cochran said airport restaurants were running out of food, the latest blow for fellow passengers who suffered through an uncomfortable night.
    "I guess the best word is dejected," he said.
    Most carriers were waiving penalties for passengers traveling Sunday and Monday to airports from North Carolina to Boston and beyond. Affected customers were being urged to contact the relevant airline either by phone or online.
    The mayors of Philadelphia, Boston, Providence, Rhode Island, and Portland, Maine, also called snow emergencies, while New York City launched a winter snow storm operation that included 1,700 snow plows and more than 300 salt spreaders.
    Officials have encouraged people to stay off the roads by taking mass transit or staying put.
    "Unfortunately, our city is directly in the path," Mayor Bloomberg said Sunday afternoon, amid a blizzard warning that extended until 6 p.m. Monday. "It's hard to stand up in a 55-mph wind, so this really is dangerous."
    The Northeast was not the only area being affected. In North Carolina, icy road conditions were blamed for three deaths.
    The storm's timing, coming over a holiday weekend, was fortuitous for some and disastrous for others. City and state officials predicted that the blizzard's impact on the economy and businesses might be muted, because many people had the holiday weekend off and fewer were expected to be commuting into work than normal on Monday.
    "With the people who are staying home for the holidays, it's great, but we know a lot of people who are trying to get home," said Brett Martin, claiming his hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia, had received almost a foot of snow. "We're just playing games and hanging out by the fire."
    Consolidated Edison reported on its website that more than 4,500 households are without power in the New York metropolitan area.
    "We are actually down from about 9,000 customers without power over the weekend," said Con Edison spokeswoman D. Joy Faber. "We also have a number of trees and power lines that were knocked down, so we're advising all of our customers to stay away from the downed lines."
    The Long Island Power Authority noted as many as 32,000 customers had been affected by the storm, though power was restored to most households by Monday afternoon.
    "High winds continue today and roads are still hazardous," the power authority's website said. "These conditions have delayed our ability to restore service. Our crews have been working through the night and will continue until all storm-related outages have been restored.
    According to Connecticut Light & Power's website, the number of its customers affected by the storm rose dramatically to 33,712 by Monday afternoon -- up from 13,000 Monday morning. CL&P services 1.2 million Connecticut residents so only about 2% of customers state-wide had been affected. Meanwhile, the NFL announced that a game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles -- originally scheduled for Sunday night -- had been postponed until 8:20 p.m. Tuesday. "It was dangerous for the players, dangerous for the fans," said Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, who called a state of emergency in anticipation of up to 14 inches of snow. "People still have to get out of the parking lot (and get in) their cars."</p>
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  2. Jakob95

    Jakob95 I am the Avatar

    Jan 15, 2009
    United States
    New York City
    I had to fucking shovel today such a waste of time. I live in New York its crazy here.
  3. ShinyLatios

    ShinyLatios Local "That Guy"

    Nov 17, 2009
    I am hugging the dutch ground right now [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  4. geminisama

    geminisama Metsu

    Jul 17, 2008
    United States
    My friend was supposed to drive to Florida to spend the rest of the year with family, but he got snowed in; and instead played games with me. XD Fifth largest, wow.
  5. SPH73

    SPH73 Banned

    Sep 2, 2008
    United States
    Thank God I live in London.
  6. Maplemage

    Maplemage ಠ_ಠ

    Sep 23, 2008
    Why would you care?
    Aurgh man I live in Australia and I miss out on snow D=
  7. Joe88

    Joe88 [λ]

    Jan 6, 2008
    United States
  8. Stevetry

    Stevetry Most perverted person in GBATEMP

    Jan 15, 2009
    lol were are you global warming i need some warming ahahhaha LOL
  9. Satangel

    Satangel BEAST

    Nov 27, 2006
    Bruges, Belgium
  10. SuperMarioMaster

    SuperMarioMaster GBAtemp Regular

    May 14, 2010
    United States
    Galloway, NJ
    My area got it the worst...Don't remind me... [​IMG]
  11. basher11

    basher11 GBAtemp's Official Vocaloid Lover

    Jun 29, 2009
    United States
    instead of shoveling snow, i went out to play. [​IMG]
    ny is fun.
  12. Raiser

    Raiser I am mad scientist.

    May 31, 2008
    Only have clouds and rain here in Western Canada..
  13. midnightshinigam

    midnightshinigam Member

    Feb 15, 2010
    United States
    Thirty-one inches of snow here. Why did the coast have to get the most snow? [​IMG]
  14. Guild McCommunist

    Guild McCommunist (not on boat)

    May 6, 2009
    United States
    The Danger Zone
    Got probably 5 inches. Roads are still pretty shitty because the town probably cut down on budget and we have like no plows going through. We had a plow come through probably early this morning and I haven't heard from one since. Snow drift just covered the roads again too.

    Funny story though. I had to get my friends home after they slept over so we're trying to get out of the driveway. The car gets stuck on the way down so we're shoveling it out with 2 shovels and a pooper scooper. They had only like sweatshirts for outerwear, no hats or gloves. Of course I went the full scarf-glove-hat-wool jacket combo so I was toasty as a bagel [​IMG]
  15. 431unknown

    431unknown Greatness Awaits

    Sep 29, 2008
    United States

    Wtf? lol. I bet that worked well. Man whoever was using that thing was probably pissed. That sure must've sucked.

    I got like an eighth of an inch the strong winds blew it all away for me.
  16. Guild McCommunist

    Guild McCommunist (not on boat)

    May 6, 2009
    United States
    The Danger Zone
    It's like those long pan things for scooping dog poop. My friend thought it was an odd shovel so he grabbed it. I'm like "Why are you using a pooper scooper?" and he's like "lolwut?"

    But the wind was shitty. Not only was my hair blowing into my mouth but the snow would just get blown into your face if you flung it in the wrong direction. And you'd just get buffeted by the snow constantly. It'd be a nice day if it wasn't for all that fucking wind. I can hear it whistling past my window like every night for a week.
  17. midnightshinigam

    midnightshinigam Member

    Feb 15, 2010
    United States
    ^ At least it worked lol. The wind was annoying and especially bad when using the snow blower.

    I had people getting stuck in their cars on our side roads. The city didn't feel like plowing them so people drove into them thinking they were. It wasn't fun pushing people out.
  18. Splych

    Splych GBAtemp's Lurker

    May 19, 2008
    Canada, Ontario.
    huh , over here at Eastern Canada we just get clouds and wind .
    my dad was like , 'hey aren't you cold , it's really windy?'
    it wasn't even cold , i've felt colder when i went skiing up north .
  19. Sheimi

    Sheimi A cute Vixen!

    Oct 22, 2009
    United States
    We didn't get that Blizzard where I live. Thank god
  20. Mike&Ike

    Mike&Ike Member

    Dec 9, 2010
    United States
    Your welcome, stay cool [​IMG]
    Anyway, Nothing happened where I lived so thank me [​IMG]