New Jersey Woman, 61, Killed After Car Likely Slid in Front of Oncoming Train During SnowstormChar AdamsView photos At Least 8 Killed as ‘Horrendous’ Snowstorm Slams the Northeast A strong snowstorm wreaked havoc on the northeast on Thursday, claiming at least eight lives across several states and leaving thousands without power, according to reports.The storm brought strong winds, rain and ice and left more than 400,000 customers in 17 states — from Kentucky to Maine — without power due in part to freezing rain, according to CNN. The storm initially hit Thursday, delaying commutes, prompting school closures, and causing a string of motor accidents, WESH reported.On Thursday night, a 61-year-old New Providence woman, Susan Brown, was struck and killed by a New Jersey Transit train around 6 p.m. when the car she was driving likely slid onto the tracks, according to NJ.com.“It’s very possible she got stuck,” Morgan told NJ.com. “(The snow) was brutal. It came out of nowhere and we had traffic backed up everywhere.”View photosMorgan attributed the death to the weather in his Facebook post, writing, “We tragically lost one of our own yesterday to this storm.”“The roads are treacherous and it is slick and dangerous out there despite our best efforts, so please refrain from unnecessary travel, and if you have to be out there, please be slow and careful,” he continued in the post. “As completely frustrating, aggravating, disruptive, and inconvenient this has all been, please be patient, and continue to be good to one another, and help each other out.”Although the winter storm began plaguing parts of the northeast on Thursday, states as far as Mississippi were feeling the effects on Wednesday. Two people died and several people were injured that day in Mississippi when a bus traveling from Huntsville, Alabama, to Tunica, Mississippi, flipped on an interstate, according to WHNT.View photos Meanwhile, Arkansas Highway Patrol officials said three people died after drivers lost control of vehicles on the ice-filled roads, according to CNN. One person was killed in Maryland on Thursday and another in Ohio, CNN reported.“It was a whopper and we were walloped,” New Providence, New Jersey, mayor Al Morgan wrote in a Facebook post on Friday. “No one could have predicted the devastating impact of this horrendous nor’easter on us as it seemed to come out of no where.”As the storm prompted school closures, Liberty Middle School students were forced to stay overnight at the West Orange school on Thursday due to the weather conditions. School officials shared photos of the students on Twitter, showing the children making the most of their time at the school, watching movies, playing games and eating ice cream.Liberty Middle@Liberty_WO UPDATE…What a nor’easter ….students at Liberty are fine, those still here treated to ice cream (sorry @SodexoGroup we raided the cafeteria again)….@woschools See Liberty Middle’s other Tweets Twitter Ads info and privacy
In their last update, officials tweeted: “8:30 am and final UPDATE…..6 students left with rides for most on the way…HUGE SHOUTOUT TO LIBERTY STAFF FOR A JOB EXTREMELY WELL DONE…LOVE
SHAWN MARSH•TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Exhausted commuters pointed fingers and demanded answers Friday, a day after a modest snowstorm stranded motorists on slippery roads for hours, paralyzed the public transit network serving New York City and its suburbs and even forced some New Jersey children to stay overnight in their schools.How, they asked, could a few inches of snow in a region used to this sort of weather lead to such chaos?”Clearly we could have done better and we will do better,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said.New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio promised a „full review.””We’re all unhappy with what happened,” he said.The storm, which had earlier socked the South and Midwest, swept into the New York City metro area just before the evening commute Thursday before heading north into New England overnight.The snowfall totals were modest in most places — 6 or 7 inches (15 or 18 centimeters) — but it was unusually icy and thousands of slow-speed car crashes led to gridlock that made it tough for plows to get through.In West Orange, New Jersey, more than a hundred students stayed late into the night, some until morning, at a middle school after buses became stranded for hours and turned back. Staffers stayed overnight and made dinner for students who couldn’t get home.”It was so long, I’m just excited to go home and go to sleep,” student Breanna Dannestoy told NBC New York.Some New York City schoolchildren were stuck on buses for up to five hours. The last one got home at 3 a.m. Friday, Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said.Murphy, a Democrat, said „lousy” forecasts were partly to blame.He took a pounding on social media from people complaining about his handling of the storm, including one of his highest-profile constituents. Former Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, tweeted at Murphy that it took him nearly six hours to travel roughly 30 miles (48 kilometers). Murphy didn’t respond directly to his predecessor.Gary Szatkowski, former chief meteorologist for the National Weather Service in New Jersey, said on Twitter that it was the state’s poorly executed snow removal plan, not meteorologists, who screwed up.”They were planning to clean up while freezing rain/sleet were pouring down out of the sky. That’s not a plan; that’s a recipe for disaster,” he tweeted.De Blasio, a Democrat, said forecasts had led city officials to expect just an inch of snow. That meant city buses weren’t equipped with snow chains and salters weren’t out treating the roads ahead of the storm.The wintry weather also caused a traffic nightmare in Pennsylvania, with numerous vehicles stuck for several hours from the Lehigh Valley to the New Jersey state line. Police sometimes drove on the opposite side of the highway, honking their horns to wake up drivers who had fallen asleep while sitting in traffic. Tens of thousands of businesses were without power Friday in Pennsylvania, mostly in the western part of the state.Among the odd storm sights there was a camel named Einstein.The animal was en route to an event put on by a Jewish organization when the vehicle he was traveling in became stuck north of Philadelphia, the group said. Einstein was not able to make it to his destination, as his handlers turned back to Peaceable Kingdom Petting Zoo where they started.Some drivers woke up in their cars Friday morning after being stuck overnight on the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx. A multicar pileup on the George Washington Bridge partially choked off one of the three vehicle crossings across the Hudson River.Buses stopped running, causing New York City’s major bus terminal to fill with passengers to such dangerous levels that officials closed the doors and had people line up around the block.As many as 17 inches (43 centimeters) of snow fell in some areas of upstate New York. Many schools in upstate New York and northern New England were delayed or closed.In Vermont, aside from the region’s traffic nightmare, the storm was a boon for Vermont’s ski resorts. Okemo Mountain and Stowe Mountain Resort opened Friday as the snow continued to fall. Sugarbush is opening Saturday. Killington Resort is already open and other ski areas plan to open later this month.Some areas of Massachusetts received more than 9 inches (23 centimeters) of snow in the storm, which turned to rain overnight to complicate the morning commute. State police said a stretch of the Massachusetts Turnpike east was closed Friday morning after several tractor-trailer crashes._Associated Press writers Lisa Rathke in Montpelier, Vt., Karen Matthews in New York, David Porter in Newark, N.J., Bob Salsberg in Boston, Kathy McCormack in Concord, N.H., and Mike Catalini and Bruce Shipkowski in Trenton, N.J., contributed to this story.
In this grab made from video provided by KK Productions, a motorcycle is covered in debris from a house that collapsed when a cyclone struck Nagapattinam, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Cyclone Gaja hit the coast of southern India on Friday, killing more than 10 people and damaging homes after more than 80,000 residents were evacuated. (KK Production via AP) NEW DELHI (AP) — A cyclone hit the coast of southern India on Friday, killing at least 13 people, damaging homes and forcing the evacuation of more than 80,000 residents.Cyclone Gaja blew ashore in Tamil Nadu state with heavy rains and winds of 90 kilometers (55 miles) per hour, said Narendra Kumar, a National Disaster Response Force official. The storm weakened after coming onshore.People living in low-lying areas had been taken to more than 470 relief centers in six districts, and fishermen were warned to stay away from the sea.The state’s top elected official, K. Palaniswami, told reporters the storm had killed 13 people in the state.Initial reports indicate the deaths were caused by wall collapses and electrocution, said National Disaster Response Force official Umesh, who uses one name.The storm felled trees and power lines, and authorities preventively disconnected the electricity supply to the worst-hit areas to prevent electrocutions. Schools were closed in places, and vehicles remained off the roads in most parts of Nagapattinam and Karaikal districts, the Press Trust of India news agency said.Heavy rains damaged rice fields and roads, and strong winds uprooted banana and papaya trees along the coastline.Nagapattinam district bore the brunt of the cyclone with a rainfall of 15 centimetres (6 inches), the local weather office said.The storm heavily damaged a 16th century Roman Catholic Shrine Basilica at Velankanni, a small town in Nagapattinam district, Press Trust of India said.The cyclone destroyed or partially damaged nearly 1,600 mud huts and uprooted more than 5,000 trees in the area, state authorities said.State-owned Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation said more than 13,000 electricity poles, 13 distribution transformers and 1,000 cables were damaged by strong winds and rains.Tamil Nadu state is prone to cyclones that develop in the Bay of Bengal. In 1999, a cyclone killed more than 15,000 people in eastern Orissa.
Early Winter Storm on the East Coast Means Increased Boot Sales for RetailersAn unexpected early snowstorm left the Northeast nearly crippled yesterday as New York-area commuters were left stranded due to hazardous road conditions and disruptions in public transportation.Winter storm Avery broke records at New York’s Central Park, reporting 6.4 inches of snow, the heaviest early season and November daily snowfall since record keeping began in 1869.While the weather almost brought the city to a halt, it was good news for local shoe retailers as shoppers considered buying a new pair of cold-weather boots.At Soula Shoes in Brooklyn, owner Rick Lee said business was brisk during yesterday’s storm. “We had a good uptick,” he noted, since most shoppers live in the neighborhood and stopped into the store. He added the door was busy today as well.On consumers’ shopping lists were snow- and waterproof styles for men, women and kids. Key brands included Hunter, La Canadienne and Sorel. According to Lee, the early snow had people thinking about the weather and making sure they had snowboots.In the suburb of Westfield, N.J., Randy Aronoff, VP of Randal’s Shoes, said unlike New York City, the snow did not impact his sales since he’s located in a small town where there is little foot traffic. So far today, he hasn’t seen a surge in customers shopping for boots but anticipated there could be additional traffic over the weekend.Overall, said Aronoff, customers typically wait for postseason sales to buy cold-weather boots. “We’ve seen the boot business getting worse over time,” he noted, as customers are increasingly holding on to last year’s boots instead of buying new ones.Globe Shoes in Paramus, N.J., had already seen solid boot sales since the beginning of the week, said store manager Roger Graves. “People have been coming in over the last few days for boots,” he noted, expecting traffic to build over the weekend. Key brands, said Graves, include Toe Warmers, Sorel and Columbia.At Eric Comfort Shoes in Williston Park, N.Y., store manager Abraham Vark said business has been steady yesterday and today, with customers who both work and walk outside coming in for warm, waterproof boots. Among the key brands are Toe Warmers, Ecco and Blondo. Vark expects business to remain brisk over the weekend.Want more? 6 Durable and Stylish Men’s Boots to Get You Through Fall And Winter ; Jimmy Choo Eliminates Cold Feet With Heated Winter Boots ; How Boots Gave Shoe Carnival a Sales Boost This Fall Related stories 5 Genius Storage Ideas to Keep Your Boots Looking Like New This Fall ; Dr. Martens Now Has Shoes Made to Battle Fierce Winter Weather ; 9 Best Winter Boot Sales on 4th of July That Will Prepare You for the Winter Ahead Get more from FootwearNews.com: Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram