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New England Snowstorm Update; Carbon Monoxide Kills Boy

By: AP
By: AP
A man talks on the phone as he looks at a row of cars buried in snow on Third Street in the South Boston neighborhood of Boston Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.

A man talks on the phone as he looks at a row of cars buried in snow on Third Street in the South Boston neighborhood of Boston Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.

BOSTON (AP) -- The snowstorm that swept across the Northeast knocked out power to almost 650,000 homes and businesses.
Wet, heavy snow and high winds snapped power lines.
Crews whittled down the outage totals to about 475,000 by late Saturday night.
Massachusetts was hardest hit, with more than 400,000 in the dark. That number was down to about 308,000 hours later. Outages in Rhode Island fell to 129,000 from a peak of about 180,000. Utilities in both states warned that it could be days before service is restored.
Connecticut's largest utility chiseled totals down to 31,000 from 38,000. And outages in New York were cut in half from a peak of nearly 12,000. Lights came back for most of the more than 15,000 in Maine and New Hampshire who had lost power.

PORT JEFFERSON, N.Y. (AP) -- Miles of a major highway on New York's Long Island will be closed Sunday as officials work to clear snow that left hundreds of cars stuck and trapped some drivers in their cars for hours.
The Suffolk County Police Department says the Long Island Expressway will be closed in both directions from exit 57 to exit 73, from about 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those exits span about 30 miles.
Cars began getting stuck Friday afternoon as a blizzard bore down on the Northeast. Vehicles got backed up and couldn't pass one another, and mounds of plowed snow made it difficult for them to exit the highway.
Some drivers were trapped in their cars on the expressway and other Long Island roads until Saturday morning.

BOSTON (AP) -- At least five deaths in the U.S. are being blamed on the big overnight snowstorm that swept through the Northeast.
Among the dead was an 11-year-old Boston boy who died of carbon monoxide poisoning after being overcome as he sat in a running car to keep warm, while his father was shoveling snow to get the car out of a snow bank.
A fire department spokesman says the car exhaust was covered by a snow bank, causing the fumes to collect in the vehicle.
When the boy was overcome by the fumes, the father went into respiratory arrest and emergency workers took both to Boston Medical Center. The boy was pronounced dead at the hospital.


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