Major storm knocks out power and floods roadways across the East Coast


Important Takeaways:

  • Three people are killed and more than 600,000 are without power after fierce storm across the northeast
  • Three people died after a storm plummeted into the northeast on Monday, leaving destruction across several states and almost 600,000 still without power.
  • The storm’s heavy rainfall – up to six inches in some areas – left significant flooding across the region, with many roads blocked due to debris and fallen trees.
  • A flood and travel advisory were issued in New York City and high winds alerts are in place from North Carolina to Maine.
  • More than 500 US flights were cancelled on Monday due to the storm, with New York City’s LaGuardia Airport and Boston Logan International Airport the most affected.
  • In Rhode Island, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed parts of Providence´s hurricane barrier system to prevent flooding from storm surge, Mayor Brett Smiley said.
  • In northeastern and central Pennsylvania, heavy rain that fell overnight flooded ponds, streams and creeks in several counties, forcing authorities to close several major roadways.

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Storm cuts power to 225,000 households in France, one dead

Waves break on the Brittany coast as storm Eleanor approaches Esquibien, France, January 2, 2018.

PARIS (Reuters) – One man died on a ski slope and at least 15 were injured across northern and eastern France on Wednesday in a storm that has cut power to some 225,000 households, local authorities said.

Emergency services said the skier was killed when a tree fell on him.

Storm Eleanor, with winds of more than 120 kph (75 mph), also led to the suspension of ferry lines between the island of Corsica and mainland France.

Households in the eastern regions of Alsace, Franche-Comte and Lorraine were among the worst hit by the storm, Enedis, a unit of state-controlled EDF, said. The area around Paris, northeastern Picardie and Champagne-Ardenne were also affected.

Winter storm Carmen battered western France on Jan. 1, with some 40,000 households in the Brittany region temporarily losing power on Monday.

(Reporting by Sarah White, Simon Carraud, Ingrid Melander; Editing by Alison Williams)