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Strong cold front sweeps through Northeast

A strong cold front pushed through the Northeast on Friday leaving three dead in its wake. Strong winds were reported across the entire region, especially in upstate New York. In Massachusetts the high winds were accompanied by multiple reports of small hail. Even in New Haven, CT, my home was damaged when the awning on the porch was ripped off.

From the Associated Press:

Thousands of people remained without power Saturday after a winter storm packing wind gusts of up to 77 mph rolled across the Northeast, downing trees and power lines. Three people were killed.

In New York, officials said it could take two days for utility crews to fully restore service to as many as 300,000 customers. Shelters were opened in hard-hit areas as temperatures plummeted.

"You don't want to fool around without heat in these kinds of temperatures," local American Red Cross director Elaine Reardon told The Saratogian. "People don't need to call ahead. They should just come down."

The storm swept up from the Midwest to the Northeast Friday, causing temperatures in some parts of western New York to plunge from 60 degrees to below freezing within a few hours. Schools either did not open or closed early, and at least 328,000 people were without power in the afternoon.

A falling tree crushed a passing car in suburban Rochester, killing a 52-year-old woman, and another crashed onto a truck at Saratoga Spa State Park, killing a state worker.

In Massachusetts, a tree fell onto a pickup in Billerica, killing the driver.

New York Gov. George Pataki activated an emergency command center to coordinate state agencies that help reroute traffic, clear debris and restore power.

"The prayers of all New Yorkers go out to the families of the two individuals who died," he said.

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