Feb 10 2013 By Cheryl Mullin
AT LEAST eight people died in the massive snowstorm that swept through the US north east and Canada.
About 510,000 homes and businesses remained without power late last night, down from a total of about 650,000.
Roads across the New York-to-Boston corridor of roughly 25 million people were impassable.
Cars were entombed by drifts and some people found the wet, heavy snow packed so high against their homes they could not get their doors open.
There was three feet of snow across much of the region, and emergency crews used snowmobiles to reach shivering motorists stranded overnight on New York’s Long Island.
At least five deaths in the US were blamed on the snowstorm, including an 11-year-old boy in Boston who was overcome by carbon monoxide as he sat in a running car to keep warm while his father shovelled snow.
There were also three deaths in Canada.
In southern Ontario, an 80-year-old woman collapsed while shovelling snow from her driveway, and two men were killed in car crashes.
One pedestrian was struck by a vehicle and killed Friday night in Connecticut, and a 23-year-old New York man ploughing his driveway with a tractor went off the edge of the road and was killed.
Blowing with hurricane-force winds of more than 80 mph in places, the storm hit hard along the heavily populated Interstate 95 corridor between New York City and Maine.
Milford, Connecticut, got 38 inches of snow, and Portland, Maine, recorded 31.9 inches, shattering a 1979 record.
The storm was not as bad as the Blizzard of ’78, used by long-time New Englanders as the benchmark by which all other winter storms are measured.