Oct 29, 2011 7:43 PM by Trovette Tottress

1.7 million lose power in East Coast snowstorm

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - An unusually early and powerful winter storm has brought several inches of wet, heavy snow to parts of the mid-Atlantic region and the Northeast today, knocking out power to 1.7 million.

Forecasters say communities inland have been getting hit hardest by the nor'easter, with eastern Pennsylvania serving as the bull's-eye for the storm. Towns near the Maryland Pennsylvania border saw 10 inches of snow.

Half a million are without power in New Jersey, including Gov. Chris Christie, who declared a state of emergency Saturday. Utilities in Pennsylvania say 428,000 customers have lost power. In New York, more than 200,000 have lost power. More than 160,000 customers are without power in Philadelphia and its suburbs. In Connecticut, utilities are reporting more than 370,000 without service.


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