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Sunday
Oct302011

Snowstorm: Northeast Cleans Up After Deadly Nor'easter

Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Northeast residents are cleaning up Sunday after a rare, strong storm blanketed the region with snow and rain, left more than 2 million without power and killed at least three people.

The October Nor'easter dumped record amounts of snow from New Jersey through New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The governors of New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts all declared states of emergency.

Meteorologist Bruce Sullivan from the National Weather Service said the weather system will be moving up the coast Sunday.

"It is expected to accelerate northeast fairly rapidly today towards Nova Scotia and Canada," he said on Sunday.

Sullivan said the last part of the storm will be hitting the East Coast with heavy snowfall and wind gusts of up to 55 miles per hour predicted.

"We still have to deal with a little bit of snow on the back side of this system this morning. Most of the effects will be felt in parts of eastern Maine," Sullivan said. "But the storm has actually created quite a bit of snow from Virginia, all the way up into the Northeast, with some snow totals as high as 2 feet across western Massachusetts."

An 84-year-old man in Pennsylvania died Saturday afternoon when a tree weighed down by snow fell on his home.

Pennsylvania State Police Corporal Douglas Benedetti said 84-year-old Charles Loder was napping on his recliner when the tree smashed through his house, killing him instantly.

"One of his daughters heard a tree fall in the back of the residence, that's where he resides, and she discovered him trapped in there," Benedetti said.

In Colchester, Conn., one person died in a traffic accident blamed on the snow, Gov. Dannel Malloy said.

A 20-year-old man in Springfield, Mass., was electrocuted by a downed power line he stepped on after getting out of his car.

Parts of the Berkshires in western Massachusetts had more than 2 feet of snow by Saturday evening, with total accumulation expected to pile up more than 30 inches.

Newark-Liberty Airport had 3.8 inches, surpassing the previous high total for an October day of 0.3 inches on Oct. 20, 1952.

While coastal areas were soaked with frigid mixes of rain and snow, inland areas saw snow pile up as though it were midwinter.

By early Saturday evening, West Milford, N.J., saw 15.5 inches; Bristol, Conn., had 11 inches; and Plainfield, Mass., had 14.3 inches.

Parts of West Virginia also reported as much as three or four inches of snow accumulation.

"Kind of unbelievable that we've already gotten snow this year," Berkley, W.Va., resident Tyler Easterday said.

A state of emergency was declared in New Jersey, where Gov. Chris Christie said the heavy snow left approximately 600,000 homes and businesses without power.

"We expect the number is going to continue to go up before it goes back down," Christie said. "The problem is that there are trees just down everywhere because of the snow, the wet, heavy snow."

Approximately 125,000 customers were without power in Pennsylvania Saturday evening, according to First Energy spokesman Scott Surgeoner.

"We have about 6 to 8 inches where I live right now and it's the first time I can remember an October snow storm," he said. "Normally when you do get into winter, the leaves have left the trees or they're shed by the trees, that's not the case this time and that's what's causing most of our problems, if not all our problems."

There were more than 265,000 customers without power in New York State, more than 530,000 without power in Connecticut, more than 367,000 in the dark in Pennsylvania, more than 226,000 in Massachusetts and 61,000 in New Hampshire.

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Saturday
Oct292011

Winter Storm: Nor'easter Brings Snow, Rain to East Coast

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A strong storm system is moving up the East Coast Saturday morning as it pounded the region with cold temperatures, rain, wind and up to a foot of snow in some areas.

"West of the I-95 corridor, that's where we expect the heaviest snows to develop today, through Saturday night and Sunday, said Bruce Sullivan from the National Weather Service.

The rare October Nor'easter is expected to hit at least 10 states from North Carolina to Maine.

Inland communities are expected to bear the brunt of the storm with heavy wet snow forecast to fall starting in the afternoon from Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania to Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

High lying regions could get between 10 and 12 inches of thick snow.

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Friday
Nov052010

Boehner and Pelosi Trade Jabs on Jobs Report

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --  The next likely Speaker of the House, John Boehner, reacted to this morning’s Department of Labor jobs report by once again calling for an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts, although the House Republican Leader believes the 151,000 net job gain is “a positive sign.”

“Any job growth is a positive sign, but stagnant and stubbornly high unemployment makes clear why permanently stopping all the looming tax hikes should top Washington’s to-do list this month,” Boehner, R-Ohio, said. “Stopping these tax hikes – and cutting spending to pre-‘stimulus,’ pre-bailout levels – would help eliminate the uncertainty gripping small businesses and show Americans asking ‘where are the jobs?’ that Washington is finally on the job.”

Throughout the campaign, Republicans blasted House Democrats who voted for the stimulus, which the Obama Administration had projected would keep the unemployment rate below eight percent. While the latest jobs report showed a net-gain of 151,000 jobs, the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.6 percent.

“Our economy will ultimately recover, but it will do so because of hard work and entrepreneurship, not more of the same Washington spending sprees and job-killing policies the American people have repudiated so loudly and clearly,” Boehner stated.

Reacting to the jobs report, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi touted legislation passed by Democrats that she says helped prevent the financial crisis from getting any worse. She also called on Republicans to bring jobs ideas to the table, saying that Democrats will work with Republicans to find common ground on potential solutions to help the stagnant economy.

“With October marking the tenth straight month of private sector job growth, today's news confirms that Democratic actions have helped bring our economy back from the brink and create jobs for the American people,” Pelosi said. “Republicans also must bring their ideas for job creation to the table. And Democrats will strive to find common ground to accomplish our number one priority: putting the American people back to work.”

But with the unemployment rate unchanged at 9.6 percent, Pelosi admitted Congress has not done enough and “must do much more for those struggling in these difficult times and to strengthen America's middle class.”

Earlier this week, President Obama signaled he might be open to a temporary extension of all of the Bush-era tax cuts as long as it ensured that taxes are not increased on the middle class. The president is expected to sit down with Democratic and Republican leaders from the House and Senate on Nov. 18 at the White House to discuss the issue.

“My goal is to make sure that we don't have a huge spike in taxes for middle-class families,” President Obama said. “Not only would that be a terrible burden on families who are already going through tough times, it would be bad for our economy.”

Boehner said he hoped President Obama would make the extension a top priority when he returns next week from his trip to India and South East Asia.

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Saturday
Oct162010

Beware: October Most Dangerous Month for Teen Drivers

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BLOOMINGTON, Ill.) -- October is the most dangerous month for teen drivers, according to a new report by insurance provider State Farm.

The company says that over the past seven years, 16- and 17-year-old drivers in the U.S. and parts of Canada most often filed injury or collision claims during October, a rate 15 percent higher when compared to other months. The data was representative of claims filed to State Farm between 2003-2009.

A recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive showed that 57 percent of teens admit to sending and reading text messages while driving.

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