Nemo Snow Totals: 5,300 Flights Canceled, Four Killed by Storm and 650,000 without Power
New York City is certainly no stranger to wacky weather, and overnight's Superstorm Nemo proved no different, causing canceled flights, suspended train and bus service and gasoline shortages.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency yesterday, giving workers the chance to get off the road and get home. As Mayor Bloomberg also warned drivers to stay off the streets, most workers were let off early in the hopes of making a safe trip home.
"Stay off the city streets," Bloomberg advised at a news conference yesterday afternoon. "Stay out of your cars. We've got to prepare for the worst case. We're ready for anything."
According to The New York Post, the snow stopped in Manhattan by early Saturday morning, totaling at 8.1 inches in Central Park as of 3 a.m.
Totals in New Jersey also ranged from 5-15 inches, with the heaviest amounts of snowfall spreading across the northern region of the state. Other areas were luckily spared.
More than 28 inches of snow hit central Connecticut as of early Saturday, and areas of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire received over two feet of snow with more coming.
More than 5,300 flights through Saturday were still cancelled, and JFK and LaGuardia airports in New York are still closed, as is Boston's Logan Airport.
But, Newark Airport is scheduled to reopen at 8:30 a.m. Saturday after being closed overnight, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
At least four deaths are being blamed on the storm, with three in Canada and one in New York. In southern Ontario, an 80-year-old woman collapsed while shoveling her driveway and two men were killed in car crashes. In New York, a 74-year-old man died after being struck by a car in Poughkeepsie; the driver said she lost control in the snowy conditions, police said.
More than 650,000 people across the Northeast were without power this morning, with most of the outages occurring in New England.
New York City suffered few power outages during the storm.