East Coast Storm Clean-Up Begins, Millions in Dark

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Winter may still be seven weeks away, but the East Coast is already cleaning up, Monday, from a deadly snow storm that left more than 3 million people without power.
At least nine people died in the storm, including a Massachusetts man who was electrocuted by a downed power line.   

The monster nor'easter smashed record snowfall totals for October. Connecticut was one of the hardest hit areas.

"We're going to have extensive and long-term power outages," Connecticut Gov. Daniel Mallow predicted. "And I'm advised, at least initially, looks like some people could be without power for as much as a week."

From Maryland to Maine, millions are in the dark and hundreds of schools are closed Monday.

"I'm still shocked. I think everybody's shocked. The trees are even shocked," New Hampshire resident Antonio Rodriquez said.

As the snow piled up, leaves still on trees made branches heavier, sending trees crashing through power lines.

One astonished East Coast resident remarked, "No heat, no food, no power and it's October,"

The heaviest snow fell Saturday, causing a headache for travelers.
A JetBlue flight from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., to Newark, N.J., was diverted to Hartford, Conn., where passengers sat on the tarmac with no food, water or working bathrooms for seven hours.

"Let's face it, it was a nightmare," JetBlue passenger Andrew Carter said.

Air passengers grew restless, and the pilot called for help.

"I got a problem here on the airplane," the pilot said, according to cockpit recordings posted onLiveATC.net. "I'm going to need to have the cops on board."

The government is investigating the JetBlue flight case. Should the airline be found to have violated the tarmac delay rule, it could be fined up to $27,500 per passenger.
Meanwhile, an Amtrak train from Chicago to Boston also got stuck. Passengers were stranded for 14 hours, and 48 were forced to finish their trip by bus.

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