Oklahomans Respond To Winter Storm On East Coast


Saturday, February 9th 2013, 11:07 am
By: News On 6


The massive snowstorm sweeping across the Northeast has left at least 664,000 homes and businesses without electricity from Maine to Pennsylvania.

Officials say wet, heavy snow and high winds snapped power lines in eight states.

Massachusetts has been hardest hit, with more than 400,000 utility customers without power Saturday morning. Snow totals ranging from 17 to 28 inches have been reported across the state.

Meanwhile, some Oklahomans are already on the east coast ready to lend a helping hand. BBC Electric sent more than 100 line workers to Massachusetts in preparation of Nemo.

"These companies like to have crews on standby, so when the storms hits we're already here, and they don't have to call them afterward," Okmulgee resident Lawrence Kahbeah said.

 

Snowfall and power outages are becoming all too common for residents in parts of the northeast.

"After Sandy, nobody is taking second chances," said Lori Parker, a former Tulsan who now calls New York home.

She said, with more than two feet of snow expected, everyone is preparing for the worst.

"I think we're all ready to be safe instead of sorry," Parker said.

After Superstorm Sandy, 8 million people were left without power, including former Oklahoman Jeff Hulstine.

"The grid system is weak since Sandy. There's a big fear of losing electricity," Hulstine said.

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More than 38 inches of snow and 82-mph wind gust have been reported in central Connecticut.

The power outages also are in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey.

New York's airports are digging out from under nearly a foot of snow and allowing some flights to land Saturday morning, while Boston's Logan Airport remains closed.

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey says the first inbound passenger flight at John F. Kennedy International Airport landed at 9:30 a.m.

Airports in the Northeast shut down Friday afternoon as a snowstorm of potentially historic proportions blew in.

Logan Airport says it expects to reopen Saturday afternoon. Across the region, flights are expected to be back on close to normal schedules on Sunday.

Flight-tracking website FlightAware says airlines have canceled 5,368 flights due to the storm.

Meanwhile, Amtrak says the New York-Boston route will remain closed Saturday.