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Nor'easter kills 3; another storm could hit Monday

By Susan McFarland
Nor'easter kills 3; another storm could hit Monday
A man uses a snowblower to clear snow from his driveway in Worcester, Mass., March 8, 2018. A nor'easter hit the region leaving up to three feet snow in some areas and causing widespread power outages. Photo by Matthew Healey/ UPI | License Photo

March 9 (UPI) -- Three people have died as a result of the second nor'easter that blew through the Northeast and dumped more than three feet of snow in some pockets.

Two deaths Thursday included a man in New Jersey who was killed when he drove his vehicle into a live power line, and a New Hampshire driver was struck by a snow plow. Wednesday, a New York woman was hit by a falling tree.

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More than 3,200 flights were canceled because of the nor'easter, which dumped three feet of snow in Vermont and 2-3 feet in New Jersey and New England. Late Thursday, more than 500,000 people were without power, officials said. It could be days before power is restored.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said he is launching a review of how utilities responded after the back-to-back storms.

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More than 500 vehicles got stuck in Essex County, N.J. on snow-covered roads, with snowmobiles sent to rescue drivers, trapped in cars for at least five hours. Also in New Jersey, cars were stuck on an interstate in Near Berkeley Heights for four hours after a semi-truck was disabled.

Meteorologists said a third severe storm may also be on the way. Forecasters said they are closely watching two long-range forecast models, and one predicts another storm could hit the same area Monday.

The possibility of a third round of storms remain uncertain. Two long-range forecast models, the European and American, are showing different paths.

The European model shows a very weak system that heads straight out to sea. The American model shows the storm bringing another nor'easter near the coast.

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