Eight dead, including two children, in fierce nor’easter

Scituate storm aftermath.

At least eight people died after heavy snow, rain and high winds ripped through the Northeast and the mid-Atlantic on Friday, snarling travel and bringing major flooding to parts of Massachusetts.

More than 2 million people in 17 states and Washington, D.C., were without power Friday night, the U.S. Energy Department said on its website. By about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, at least 1 million people were still dealing with power loss.

The deaths, reported in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia, included two children.

An 11-year-old boy in Putnam Valley, New York, died after a large tree fell and crashed into a home, trapping the boy, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department said.

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A similar thing happened to a child in Chesterfield County, Virginia. The fire chief there said the child was in bed when a tree limb struck his home, fatally injuring him.

The adults who died in the storm were also killed by falling trees.

The storm’s effects were felt as far south as Georgia and as far north as Maine. In Rhode Island, the winds were so severe that officials shut down the Newport Bridge. In New York City, most flights were grounded for a time Friday afternoon. In the Washington suburbs, downed trees were strewed across the streets.

Weather officials said more than 3 feet of snow blanketed some parts of New York state on Friday. Meteorologists confirmed Friday that the storm had become the second “bomb cyclone” in two months. (The name essentially derives from how quickly the barometric pressure falls.)

Coastal flooding damaged homes, closed roads and sent at least one car floating down a street; many areas of New England got 2 to 4 inches of rain.

In Quincy, Massachusetts, there were more than 100 rescues Friday as floodwaters drove people from their homes, the television station WBZ reported.

In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf activated the National Guard on Friday to respond to the severe weather in the eastern part of the state, where Monroe County was hit with nearly 2 feet of snow and wind gusts that knocked electrical wires and trees into the roads.

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Cars and trucks spun out of control, shutting down Interstates 80 and 380, stranding hundreds of vehicles.

As conditions began to improve in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, winds and coastal flooding remained a concern, Patrick Burke, a lead forecaster with the Weather Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said Saturday.

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