Thousands still without power as US north-east recovers from snowstorm

From The Guardian UK:

Authorities warn that further snowfall and freezing rain could hamper recovery efforts as transport networks face delays

and agencies, Monday 11 February 2013

More than 100,000 people in the north-eastern US were still without power on Monday morning, as the clear-up from last week’s historic snowstorm continued. Driving bans across the region were lifted on Sunday and public transport systems in Boston, New York and Connecticut were functioning, though with delays.

Most of the power failures were in south-eastern Massachusetts and on Cape Cod, where around 35,000 people were still without electricity. NStar said 93,844 homes and businesses were affected, while National Grid reportedly had some 20,000 properties without power.

Efforts to reconnect homes could be affected, however, by further snow which was predicted to fall on Monday. The National Weather Service said that between 2in and 4in was expected across northern areas of New England, gradually changing to sleet, freezing rain and rain.

In southern New England warmer temperatures could add to the danger of collapsing roofs, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency warned. Flat or gently-sloped roofs were at greatest risk, officials said, although they cautioned people against attempting to clear their own homes. “We don’t recommend that people, unless they’re young and experienced, go up on roofs,” said a spokesman, Peter Judge.

In Boston, which received 24.9in of snow – the fifth-largest storm in the city’s history – some public schools were closed on Monday. City officials encouraged commuters to use public transport to travel to work, as many roads are still unsafe, according to a local news station, WCVB. The Boston-area public transportation system partially resumed subway service and some bus routes on Sunday. Beverly Scott, general manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, told the Associated Press that a full service was expected on Monday, albeit with delays.

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