Deadly storm moves into New England

March 15, 2010 at 9:01 AM

NEW YORK, March 15 (UPI) -- A nor'easter killed six people in three states and left more than 500,000 homes in the dark before moving north into New England Monday, authorities said.

The storm flooded communities in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. It smashed homes, uprooted thousands of trees and left dozens of roads impassable.

Utilitiy crews restored power to many communities, though more than 200,000 homes remained without electricity as of late Sunday, The New York Times reported Monday. About a dozen communities in New Jersey were advised to boil tap water because the power outage had affected water treatment plants.

Falling trees killed two men in Teaneck, N.J., a woman on Long Island, N.Y., another in Westport. Conn., and a third woman in Greenwich, Conn. A man in Hartsdale, N.Y., died when a tree crushed his car and the vehicle caught fire.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said cities and states in the region would need federal help with cleanup because their budgets had been exhausted after a winter of record snowfall.

The storm was expected to linger Monday over Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts with gusty tides and steady rain that could flood coastal communities at high tide, Accuweather.com reported.

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