Outages, flooding feared as winter storm hits
BOSTON (AP) -- A winter storm that forecasters warned could bury the Northeast in record amounts of snow is battering New England.
Connecticut is expected to get up to 2 feet of snow, while up to 3 feet is predicted for the Boston area, which would be a record amount. In Maine, residents were bracing for up to 2 feet.
In Massachusetts, Gov. Deval Patrick enacted a statewide driving ban for the first time since the Blizzard of 1978. In New Hampshire, Gov. Maggie Hassan closed state beaches and asked people to stay away.
The snow was expected to be at its heaviest Friday night and into Saturday, with wind gusts possibly reaching 75 mph.
Widespread power outages were feared. Meanwhile, coast flooding was predicted in areas of Connecticut and New York still recovering Superstorm Sandy in October.