Yahoo! News is gathering brief first-person accounts, photos and video from the severe winter weather in the northeastern United States. Here's one resident's story.
FIRST PERSON | The blizzard promised to be epic. It fulfilled its promise with parts of Connecticut seeing 38 inches of snowfall from the monster storm. I was up much of the night, watching and listening to the howling winds, wondering what daybreak would bring.
Fortunately, we never lost power. At about 3:30 in the morning, I took a measurement of the snowfall. It had reached 24 inches. With hours left of snowfall, I was certain this snowfall would surpass the epic snowstorm of '78. I remember that storm; we had more than 27 inches of snow and the roof of the Hartford Civic Center collapsed. We thought roof collapses were almost unheard of then. However, just two years ago, with an epic winter for New England, we had more than give feet of snow at times, and hundreds of roofs collapsed throughout the state. It started with some office buildings, one in Middletown, and spread throughout the coming weeks, into homes, car dealerships, barns, churches and all sorts of businesses.
Today, in Milford, weather.com noted 38 inches of snow. The storm has brought at least two deaths in Connecticut, and all the roads are to remain closed until further notice by order of the governor. He's called the National Guard out to help stranded motorists, including some emergency vehicles.
In Bolton, we have about 34 inches of snow. I spoke to the local news in the middle of the night to tell them we had 24 inches. They indicated the whole state was clobbered, with snow plows getting stuck and stranded cars strewn about. Many gas stations were without gas, and even the smaller plows were having a hard time finding gas.
As the plow comes to clear the drive here, it gets stuck in the mass of snow. The driver needs a few people to dig him out. It's been a crazy storm. We've had so many epic storms these last years, with Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Sandy, Tropical storm Albert, and now Blizzard Nemo; it's been a wild ride in Connecticut. In the last few mega-storms, the state has looked like a tree apocalypse has struck! We have yet to see how many trees will come down from this monster snowstorm. I think global warming is way off base here.
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