Mar 15, 2010 2:49 PM
Schools are closed today in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York, as the storm that brought punishing wind and rain to the region over the weekend continues to dump rain on parts of New England.
Utility crews, meanwhile, are making some progress in restoring power. More than half of the 235,000 homes and businesses in New Jersey that lost power over the weekend were hooked up again by this morning.
At the peak of the storm, nearly a half million people were without electricity in four states. At least nine people died in storm-related accidents. In Boston this morning, workers put up sand bags around the entrance to a subway station near Fenway Park, as a nearby river rose.
The severe weather led to near-record numbers of 911 calls in New York City over the weekend. There were 65,000 calls from 11 p.m. on Friday until the same time on Saturday -- second only to the number of 911 calls made during the 2003 blackout.