East Coast still struggling to recover from latest blast of winter weather


Associated Press

Posted on February 14, 2014 at 2:32 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The latest winter storm has moved out, but much of the East Coast is struggling to recover.

One man in Connecticut who spent two hours digging out his car this morning, before heading out on snow-covered roads, said he "can't wait until the summer comes." Many schools are closed again today in Connecticut and elsewhere in the Northeast.

Parts of Pennsylvania are digging out from under nearly two feet of snow, and there's even more than that in some areas of upstate New York. The latest round of wintry weather began overnight in some places -- just in time to delay tens of thousands of deliveries of Valentine's Day flowers.

At least 24 deaths are being blamed on the storm, including two people killed in a hit-and-run on a North Carolina interstate as they tried to help a truck driver.

Meanwhile, utility crews are making progress, but more than 400,000 power customers remained without electricity as of this morning. Most of them are in South Carolina and Georgia.

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168-a-19-(Bruce Terry, metorologist, Nnational Weather Service, in AP interview)-"12-plus inches"-Meteorologist Bruce Terry says more snow is on the way for parts of the East Coast. ((note length of cut)) (14 Feb 2014)

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167-a-14-(Bruce Terry, meteorologist, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"and Friday night"-Meteorologist Bruce Terry says another -- albeit weaker storm -- is heading toward the East Ccoast. (14 Feb 2014)

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GRAPHICSBANK: NOAA GOES satellite image of Eastern US (2/13/2014 at 17:45 UTC), showing snow cover and clouds , NOAA handout, partial graphic (13 Feb 2014)

APPHOTO NCCB104: A city worker clears snow from a sidewalk in downtown Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Residents are digging out from one of the worst winter storms in many years. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) (14 Feb 2014)

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APPHOTO NYSW110: A woman carries her young child through a slushy intersection in New York, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Commuters faced slick roads on Friday after yet another winter storm brought snow and ice to the East Coast, leaving at least 24 people dead. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (14 Feb 2014)

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