"Snowmageddon" 2013, the powerful winter storm that hit the northeastern part of the United States on Friday, has turned deadly, claiming the lives of at least nine people.
On Saturday, Digital Journal reported Connecticut received the brunt of the powerful winter storm, recording record amounts of snowfall. The state has reported the most storm related deaths, with five so far.
In Prospect, CT., an 81-year-old woman was killed by a hit-and-run driver when a car slid on the snow covered street, striking the woman as she tried to clear snow out of her driveway. In Danbury, law enforcement officials are investigating the death of a man who was found laying outside on Saturday morning. Investigators believe the man fell, but are unsure if the fall or the frigid weather caused his death. An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.
A 53-year-old man was found dead outside his Bridgeport residence Saturday afternoon. Police are investigating the death but believe the man died of "hypothermia cardiac arrest."
An autopsy is scheduled to determine the exact cause of death of a 49-year-old Shelton, CT. man who was found unconscious and not breathing. Neighbors found the man after his wife became concerned when he did not return from plowing his driveway. Roadways in the area were so buried in snow, snowmobiles had to be used to remove the man from the scene. Police are currently saying the man died of a "medical event."
A fifth death has been reported, but no details regarding the circumstances surrounding the death has been given according to WFSB.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy stated the Connecticut State Police responded to more than 1,600 calls for service in a 24 hour period and confirmed that hospitals around the state were reporting numerous cases of hypothermia. With approximately 39,000 homes still without power late Saturday afternoon, Malloy was concerned about the possibility of more deaths due to the frigid temperatures, telling the Wall Street Journal:
"There is a big concern about how cold it is going to be tonight."
As of 5:00 a.m. EST on Sunday, 24,591 homes continued to be without power according to Connecticut Light and Power.
Malloy reported that hundreds of Connecticut National Guard members and "every available Connecticut Department of Transportation crew member" were working to clear roadways. He also announced he submitted a request to President Obama for a federal emergency declaration. If approved, it would provide for additional snow removal equipment and personnel, power generation, and "other commodities". Even with additional assistance he told residents:
"We are going to feel the impact of this storm for some time."
In New York, two storm related fatalities have been reported. A 74-year-old man who was killed after an 18-year-old driver lost control of her car, striking the Poughkeepsie resident as he walked along the side of the road. A 23-year-old Germantown man died after the tractor he was using to remove snow from his driveway slipped off the edge of the road and rolled down an embankment.
Numerous drivers in Long Island had to be rescued from their cars after becoming stuck in a foot of snow. No fatalities were reported.
Despite the number of people left stranded, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was thankful the city did not see the amount of snow dumped in parts northeast, telling the Wall Street Journal:
"I think it's fair to say that we were very lucky. We certainly avoided the worst of it and our thoughts go out to the people in Connecticut and Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine."
Boston Fire Department spokesman, Steve MacDonald, told the Boston Globe a 14-year-old boy has died of carbon monoxide poisoning in Roxbury, a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. The child had been shoveling snowing and got into the families car to warm up. Snow blocking the exhaust pipe caused carbon monoxide fumes to fill the car. According to the Boston Herald, neighbor Shakiena Phifer and off-duty Boston firefighter Octavius Rowe performed CPR on the boy and were able to resuscitate him briefly. Firefighters and paramedics continued CPR while transporting him to Boston Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. The incident caused the boy's father to suffer a heart attack. He was also transported to Boston Medical Center for treatment.
Carbon monoxide is being blamed for the death of a man in his early 20s who was also found in a motor vehicle. Two other people were injured due of carbon-monoxide poisoning.
According to a Reuters report, a 30-year-old New Hampshire motorist was killed after his vehicle went off the roadway. Officials are uncertain if the accident was due to weather or a medical condition and have yet to classify the accident as storm related.