tales of woe, state by state
The massive winter storm buried much of the U.S. East Coast in a foot or more of snow, shut down transit in major cities, stranded drivers, and knocked out power.
Firefighters helped about a dozen people evacuate Oak Orchard, a community that often floods. Part of Route 1, a coastal artery, was closed because of sand and water. Officials reported numerous dune breaches along the coast and significant flooding of low-lying communities.
Utilities had restored power to more than 66,000 customers since the storm began there, though thousands more were still without service.
Motorists got stuck overnight Friday on Interstate 75 south of Lexington as wrecks and blowing snow brought traffic to a halt. Officials went from vehicle to vehicle, checking on marooned drivers, distributing water, fuel and snacks, and helping people get to shelters. The road reopened Saturday. A transportation worker died while plowing snow-covered highways near Bowling Green.
A 60-year-old man shoveling snow in the Fort Washington area died after an apparent heart attack. At least 2,000 homes and businesses statewide lost power.
Several seaside resort towns were temporarily isolated by floodwaters when the tide rushed in Saturday. More than 50,000 homes and businesses lost power. Gov. Chris Christie said he saw some plows that had come to a stop because they were blocked by cars that got stuck in the snow.
Broadway shows were canceled and drivers were ordered to stay off New York City and Long Island roads. Aboveground subway lines, city buses and many commuter trains were suspended, and some workers scrambled to get home as the storm proved worse than had been forecast. Hudson River crossings including the George Washington Bridge and the Holland and Lincoln tunnels were closed to traffic.
Six people, including a 4-year-old boy, were killed in wrecks amid the storm. A man was arrested on charges of killing a motorist who stopped to help after his car slid off an ice-covered road outside Charlotte. About 150,000 homes and businesses lost power.
Many travelers, including teams of college athletes and a church group, got stuck on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in the western part of the state. The National Guard and front-end loaders started digging the vehicles out on Saturday.
Two people were killed as cars slid off icy roads. Nashville got 8 inches of snow, the most in nearly 20 years as the storm caused gridlock on highways.
Police grappled with more than 1,000 car crashes and more than 1,000 disabled vehicles as snow piled up. Snow, ice and gusting winds made the roof collapse at a Donk’s Theater, a historic venue near the Chesapeake Bay that opened in 1947.
Mass transit was shut down in the nation’s capital, where a video of one of the Smithsonian National Zoo’s four pandas enjoying the snow there Saturday was a bright spot amid the storm clouds, drawing 1.7 million views on Facebook.
About 200 vehicles, most of them semitrailer trucks, were stranded overnight Friday on Interstate 77 near Charleston.