9 killed as deadly Nor’easter pounds East Coast

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Airplanes are seen parked through a rain soaked window at their gates during a winter nor'easter at LaGuardia Airport in New York, U.S., March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

At least nine fatalities were recorded, while large portions of the East Coast suffered from lack of power Saturday, as a powerful Nor’easter pounded the region with heavy rains, thick snow, and powerful winds.

Many of the recorded deaths were caused by falling trees. Eight people were killed in Virginia, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island due to downed trees. Meanwhile, one man from Andover Township in New Jersey was killed after coming into contact with a downed power line on Friday evening.

A 6-year-old boy from Virginia died when a tree fell onto his home while he was sleeping. In New York, an 11-year-old boy was killed after a tree fell onto his home and trapped it underneath. A man in his seventies was killed after being struck by a tree that was felled by the strong winds in Rhode Island, while a 77-year old woman from Baltimore died when a large tree branch fell on her.

Three people from Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut were killed when their vehicles were struck by felled trees.

In Massachusetts, more than 235,000 customers were without power as of Saturday evening, while 164,000 customers in New Jersey were affected by the power outages. Meanwhile, 288,000 customers in Pennsylvania suffered from the blackouts caused by the storm, while 160,000 customers in Virginia lost power.

Governor Andrew Cuomo also shared that 270,000 people from New York were without power as of Saturday. He also assured that recovery efforts are underway to assist anyone needing help.

“We are deploying the National Guard and senior officials to ramp up recovery efforts and ensure the thousands of New Yorkers impacted by this storm are getting the help they need,” Cuomo said. “Some travel restrictions and advisories remain in effect, and I urge drivers to stay off the roads so that the National Guard, first responders and utility workers can assist those that need help.”