Snowstorm Hits US East Coast

October snowstorm hinted the Northeast of US on Sunday, cutting power to more than two million homes and killing at least three people.

New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts declared weather emergencies. Snow fell across most of Pennsylvania well into Massachusetts after blanketing parts of Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.

In eastern Pennsylvania, snow has been falling in Allentown and Reading. Officials said, ” that the last time Pennsylvania saw a major storm so early was in 1972″.

The National Weather Service said, ” the unseasonably early storm broke a snow record that had stood since 1969 for New York’s Central Park, which received 2.9 inches of snow”.

Flights at Philadelphia International Airport and at New York area airports were widely canceled on Saturday. Around 1,000 flights had been canceled and Teterboro Airport in New Jersey closed for a period of time, according to flight tracking service FlightAware.com.

Slippery conditions on a roadway caused the crash and death of a man driving in Colchester, Connecticut, said a spokesman for the Connecticut Department of Emergency Management to the local press.

In Philadelphia, Temple aria, an 84-year-old man was killed when a snow-caked tree fell through his home, said authorities.

According to the press,  a 20-year-old man was electrocuted when he stepped out of his vehicle and touched an electrified guard rail in Massachusetts, a Springfield police spokesman said.

The snow posed problems for some college football fans attending a game between Penn State and the University of Illinois in State College, Pennsylvania.

In New York City, protesters hunkered down in snow-covered tents in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan in the city’s financial district. On Friday, the New York Fire Department took away six generators and fuel that had been powering heat, computers and a kitchen at the camp because they were considered a safety hazard.

NWS meteorologist said temperatures could return to normal by the middle of next week.

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