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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Massive power outages predicted due to potential mega snow storm in NE US

  1. Earliest New York City snow predicted since the Civil War
  2. Snow already falling in Massachusetts
  3. Parts of Connecticut could get a foot of snow this weekend
  4. Since record keeping began NYC has never had an inch of snow in October

  5. READ FULL REPORT People Who Lose Power This Weekend Face Days of Cold

By , Meteorologist
Oct 29, 2011; 8:49 AM ET
Power crews will be working hard to restore power in the Northeast this weekend. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
The hundreds of thousands of people set to lose power in the Northeast this weekend could be left without heat for days.
Cold air has already spread into the region in advance of the storm late this week, and temperatures are set to drop even further.
The worst of the snowstorm will target parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York during the day Saturday before shifting into New England Saturday night.
People who lose power during the storm will face temperatures dropping from the 30s into the 20s Saturday night. Highs Sunday will only make it into the lower to mid-40s in most areas.
Gusty winds accompanying the storm will speed up the rate at which your home or apartment cools once power is lost, especially in residences in which windows and walls are drafty.
Monday night will be even colder with lows dipping into the teens in portions of New England. Much of the rest of the Northeast will once again have lows in the 20s Monday night.
People need to prepare in advance of this storm by having warm clothing, coats and blankets ready, along with batteries and flashlights. Cell phones should also be fully charged before the storm hits.
Keep a phone number and address handy for your local Red Cross Chapter to get information on shelters that may be opened for people without power.

If you plan on using a generator, Sandra Ahearn, spokesperson for Western Massachusetts Electric Company, recommends that you "make sure it's installed by licensed electrician and only use it outside."
Generators that are not properly installed or are kept indoors can create a risk of deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.

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