Recent Storm Hits New England Hard

Winter storm 2015 Boston

Commuters in Boston brace themselves for the cold and snow. Image: Peter Eimon via Flickr CC.

The storm that failed to deliver in New York City this week decided instead to turn it’s full fury on New England, with howling winds and whiteout conditions everywhere and with power losses all around. There were 23 inches of snow covering Boston by Tuesday night, which officially made this storm one of the top ten most powerful storms in the city’s history.

There has been a stall in subway services along with parking bans and limited Amtrak service between Boston and New York. The storm further isolated the island of Nantucket with hurricane-force winds of 78 miles an hour forcing a cancellation of ferries to the mainland.

“Like the rest of the island, #Nantucket Cottage Hospital lost power overnight but our generator is running, staff is here, and we are open,” the hospital said in a Twitter message. It delivered what everyone was calling a “blizzard baby,” Cayden Moore, at 3:53 a.m.

Luckily, most of the snow was light and fluffy and not the wet, heavy kind that pulls down power lines and can wreak serious havoc in an urban environment. Still, states of emergency were in effect across New England to keep residents wary of the conditions outside. “The amount of snow and the high winds, along with blowing and drifting snow, makes this storm dangerous for many Mainers,” Gov. Paul R. LePage said in making the declaration.

One man from Belfast, Maine, Mr. Joe Benjamin, made statements that epitomize the attitudes of true New Englanders. “It’s a lot of snow at one time, but we’ve seen it before,” said the owner of the High Street Market.

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