Much of the Northeastern coast is dealing with the fallout from the massive blizzard dubbed "Nemo" by weather officials which struck on Friday, February 8, 2013. The storms affects impacted over 40 million people living in New England, wiped out power lines from New Jersey to Maine, and caused massive traffic problems as high winds and coastal flooding tore through the shore.
In response to the storm, government officials issued a state of emergency throughout four states due to hazardous travel conditions and the amount of snow, wind, and flooding. Weather officials have not officially tallied the snowfall levels but some suggest that approximately 3 feet fell in Boston, Massachusetts, and 2 feet fell in portions of New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Long Island. An estimated 12 inches fell in New York City. A minimum of four deaths have been reported as a result of the storm with some expecting the number to rise as emergency crews reach stranded motorists and residents.
Massachusetts officials deployed 2,000 of their the National Guard members to southeastern portions of the state to assist people attempting to reach shelters. The storm hindered 3,000 members to respond as they were stranded in attempts to leave their own homes. Evacuations were issued as high tide rolled in at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2013 with waves reported to be 15-20 feet high off the southern shore of Boston and portions of Cape Cod. As director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Kurt Schwartz offered in an interview, workers are "struggling to keep up with the snow" and flooding.
With the snow still falling, 5,300 flights cancelled, hundreds of cars stranded, and massive power outages throughout the Northeast, it may be days before travel resumes and roads are clear. Officials are hopeful that they can restore power and clean up before residents return to work and their normal travel activities on Monday.