US: Freak snowstorm death toll touches 22
Washington: The freak snowstorm that pounded
the eastern United States last week, snapping power to
hundreds of thousands of people, killed at least 22 people,
officials said on Friday.
In Massachusetts, at least six deaths were related to
the storm, and a seventh was under investigation, said Peter
William Judge, an official with the Massachusetts Emergency
Management Agency said.
Four of the deaths were linked to carbon monoxide
poisoning; one person was electrocuted by a downed power line
and one person died in a house fire blamed on the storm, he
In New Jersey, eight storm-related fatalities were
reported, including three people who burned to death in house
fires, one person who died when a branch fell on him, another
who died when a tree fell on him, and three people who died in
motor vehicle accidents. A ninth death was under
investigation, CNN reported.
In Connecticut, eight people died, four of them from
carbon monoxide poisoning, said Governor Dannel Malloy.
An estimated 831,000 customers lost electricity during
Saturday`s storm, according to Connecticut Light & Power
officials and the attorney general`s office. The storm dropped
at least a foot of snow in a band from West Virginia to Maine.
President Barack Obama has signed emergency declarations
for New Hampshire and Connecticut, clearing the way for
federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts.
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