BOSTON -- Hurricane Bob is being blamed for at least 16 deaths as it tore up the East Coast and through New England early this week, knocking out power to thousands and causing more than $1 billion in damage.
The remains of the once-mighty hurricane limped into oblivion off the Canadian Maritimes Wednesday as residents along the East Coast cleaned up and utility crews worked to restore electricity.
Bob at its heighthurled winds of 125 mph at the New England coast and knocked out power to more than 1 million people from Long Island to Maine.
Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Paul Cellucci said Wednesday the main problem the state faced in the wake of the storm was restoring power to about 285,000 residents of southeastern Massachusetts, including 225,000 on Cape Cod.
Cellucci said the state would continue under a state of emergency until significant reductions were made in the numbers of people without power -- possibly Wednesday or Thursday.
'We really have an army down there working to get the power restored,' Cellucci said.
The Massachusetts National Guard drove 15 trucks carrying tanks of fresh water to Cape Cod, where many residents are dependent on wells. Another tank, carrying 5,000 gallons of fresh water, was driven into the cape community of Falmouth.
Gov. William Weld said Tuesday that damage in Massachusetts alone could reach $1 billion. In Rhode Island, Gov. Bruce G. Sundlun Tuesday roughly estimated damage at $20 million in his state. Sundlun was expected to have a more precise figure later Wednesday.
At least 16 deaths were blamed on the storm, including 10 in New England, as it swept past Long Island and slammed into Rhode Island before swirling through Boston and up the New England coast to Maine and then into the Maritimes.
One death occurred when a fishing vessel broke up 50 miles off Portsmouth, N.H., Monday. The Coast Guard located the liferaft from the Nomad Tuesday afternoon. One crewmember was alive but his companion was dead.
Five people died in Connecticut, including one in a traffic accident, one killed by a falling branch, and a baby boy and a teenage girl who died Tuesday morning in fires caused by candles that were being used because of a loss of electricity.
A woman was found dead off the Connecticut coast Tuesday afternoon with her unconscious husband. They were lashed together in their life jackets. Officials said their sailboat apparently capsized Monday as they were caught in the storm.
One traffic fatality was reported in Boston, and another in Manchester, N.H. Both were blamed on the weather.
In Maine, a man was swept to his death in a swollen stream when he got out of his disabled car in Cumberland, and a South Portland man was electrocuted Tuesday while plugging in a water pump in his flooded basement.
In Overton, Nova Scotia, a search continued but two 17-year-old girls were presumed drowned after a wave swept them from a cliff near the Yarmouth lighthouse into the ocean early Tuesday morning, Canadian police said.
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