Blizzard kills one, leaves thousands without power

Blizzard kills one, leaves thousands without power

A blizzard packing hurricane-force winds pummeled the northeastern United States on Saturday, killing at least one person, leaving about 600,000 customers without power and disrupting thousands of flights.

Blizzard warnings were in effect for the northeastern coast, including the New York metropolitan area, the National Weather Service said.

“Travel conditions will continue to be extremely hazardous if not impossible,” it said.

The storm was expected to taper off from west to east into the afternoon. Snowfall is forecast to total from 2 to 3 feet in eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, the weather service said in a statement.

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In the first death blamed on the blizzard, a man in his 70s was killed when a driver lost control of her car and hit him in Poughkeepsie, New York, media reported.

Utility companies reported about 600,000 customers without power across Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut as the wet, heavy snow brought down trees and lines.

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