storm pounds southern New England, snarling travel
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[February 09, 2016]
By Scott Malone and Valerie Vande Panne
BOSTON (Reuters) - A winter storm was
expected to bring more than a foot (30 cm) of snow and howling winds to
parts of southern New England on Monday, closing schools and government
offices, snarling travel and flooding low-lying coastal areas.
Snow was falling in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and
southern New Hampshire on Monday, with police and elected officials
urging residents to avoid unnecessary travel. Wind gusts of up to 60
miles per hour (100 kph) were expected in parts of coastal
southeastern Massachusetts, raising the risk of downed trees and
power outages, officials said.
Numerous highway crashes were reported throughout the region,
including in Connecticut where a chartered bus headed to a casino
rolled over on a busy interstate highway. Nineteen passengers, three
of whom were critically injured, were transported to Yale-New Haven
Hospital for treatment, the hospital said.
"We urge all those who must travel to use added caution, allow extra
time to travel, and reduce speeds as conditions warrant," said
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy.
Travel was expected to remain difficult through the evening,
"The heavy snow that's going to fall in southeastern Massachusetts,
especially combined with those heavy winds, 50 to 60 miles per hour,
raises some very significant hazards," Massachusetts Governor
Charlie Baker told reporters.
Falling tree limbs killed two people including a 6-year-old girl in
Canton, Massachusetts, during a Friday snowstorm. As much as 9
inches (23 cm) of snow was forecast for the Boston area.
Officials released photos showing water flowing onto streets in the
communities of Hull and Scituate, south of Boston, and police
through the region warned that coastal roads had been closed to
prevent cars from being damaged or washed away by the heavy surf.
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Winter storm warnings were in effect from New York through coastal
Maine and officials in Philadelphia and New York said they would be
sending police out to encourage homeless people sleeping outdoors to
come in to city shelters.
One of every three flights was canceled at Boston Logan
International Airport, according to Flightaware.com.
In Cambridge, Massachusetts, church pastor Kent French, 48, had
given up efforts to ride his bike over the snowy roads and was
instead pushing it home.
"I was working in a local cafe," French said. "It's worse now than
this morning. I don't have the right tires for it."
(Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and Andrew Hay)
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