A powerful winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of the Northeast on Tuesday, knocking out power to more than 250,000 customers at one point, and more snow is on the way, forecasters said.
No deaths have been reported in New England and other states in the affected northeast. Parts of Worcester County, Massachusetts, received more than 2 feet of snow early Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.
“It’s not over,” Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said Tuesday. “We have concerns about what the strong winds will bring and more snow in other parts of the state. There are many power outages in the south.”
More than 20 inches of snow fell in Rutland County, Vermont as of 10 p.m. Tuesday, according to the weather service.
The weather service warned that another 6 to 12 inches of snow could fall Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday. Forecasters in Boston said another 1 to 3 inches could fall Wednesday night.
More than 240,000 customers were without power in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine early Wednesday, according to the monitoring website PowerOutage.us. The National Grid said heavy, wet snow and wind caused extensive damage to its systems.
More than 700 flights to New York’s LaGuardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey and Boston’s Logan International Airport were canceled Tuesday, according to FlightAware, a flight-tracking website.
A child was trapped under a fallen tree after a foot of snow fell in Derry, New Hampshire, fire officials said. Firefighters and police officers were taken to the hospital and used chain saws and their bare hands to free the slightly injured child,” the agency said.
“Stay off the roads if possible,” New Hampshire State Police wrote Tuesday, warning of no-whiteout conditions. “From 5 in the morning to noon, there were more than 120 road accidents and vehicles,” the report said.
More than 230,000 homes and businesses were without power in California as of Tuesday evening local time as an “atmospheric river” continued to affect the state, PowerOutage.us and the weather service reported.
More than 800,000 people in the western United States were under a flash flood warning Tuesday evening, the weather service said.
The rain has mostly ended in San Francisco, but forecasters warned of strong winds. San Francisco International Airport reported strong winds forced the earth to stopit was later lifted.
A window blew out of a San Francisco high-rise building, prompting firefighters to evacuate as the glass fell, the fire department and NBC Bay Area reported. No injuries were reported.
“The wind blew very hard. It was hard to even walk, and you really had to lean on it,” San Francisco resident Andrew Bowers told the station. “Then the chairs started flipping and I just heard a loud boom.”
Bowers said people ran and hid under a building when glass broke on the street.
In Monterey County, crews worked to fill a 400-foot-wide stretch of road along the banks of the Pajaro River that opened up during heavy rain Friday evening and flooded the town of Pajaro, officials said.
That will reduce the river flow slightly, but building the wall up to height is expected to take a week or two, Monterey County said. A second vent near the mouth of the river allowed water to flow into the ocean, lowering flood levels, the report said.
A mudslide caused extensive damage to a home in Colfax, Placer County, northeast of Sacramento, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire, said. There were no casualties, everything was taken into account,” the report said.
Heavy rain Tuesday night across parts of central and southern California could lead to flash flooding in vulnerable areas from recent rain, the weather service said.
Part of Oceano, the community of about 7,000 in San Luis Obispo County was under evacuation orders Tuesday evening. said the county. The area that was ordered was south of Arroyo Grande Creek and near Oceano Lagoon, the release said. Residents of other areas were warned to be prepared to leave.
According to the agency, more than 38 million people in the South and Southeast of the United States are subject to a freeze warning. North Alabama could see a high of 25 degrees Wednesday morning, the weather service in Birmingham said.