Nemo Disrupts East Coast
by The Milton Measure on Friday, February 22nd, 2013
Two weeks ago, the Northeast withstood one of the region’s worst snowstorms in history, bringing record amounts of snow from New Jersey to Maine.
According to nj.com, Boston received nearly 22 inches of snow, and parts of Connecticut received over 30. The intense winds and snow made driving dangerous, leading Governor Deval Patrick to implement a twenty-four hour statewide driving ban during the height of the storm. Consequences for not complying with the road ban ranged from a $500 fine to a year in prison.
Staying inside during the storm was not so pleasant for the 650,000 homes that lost power in the affected region. According to The Huffington Post, the storm also led to the cancellation of over 4,000 flights in the Northeast.
Although the recent blizzard, named “Nemo,” did not drop as much snow as the famous Blizzard of ’78, the two storms had similar circumstances. For example, the Blizzard of 1978 lasted from February 6-7 while Nemo lasted from February 8-9. However, the Blizzard of ’78 proved to be more costly and fatal than Nemo, as the Blizzard claimed 99 lives. The Blizzard of ’78 was also more violent, as its gusts reached speeds over 90 mph whereas Nemo’s gusts peaked at around 80 mph.
Due to the amount of snow on roofs of houses and school buildings, and the impending forecasts of rain, a major concern was that the roofs would collapse.
Another apprehension was the possibility of ice. If ice were to form on major highways then they would have to be temporarily shut down, for there would be too great a risk if the roads were left open. Following the storm, a ten mile portion of Interstate-91 had to be closed on account of icy conditions. While closing the interstates may lead to a delay in travel times, it ultimately was the safest path to take.
Despite the ferocity of the storm, many Milton students and teachers enjoyed two extra days off of school. While day students were able to return home, borders were instructed to remain on campus for the duration of the storm.
Many events, such as the winter play, Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, rescheduled to Sunday, February 10th, provided entertainment for those who remained on campus throughout the weekend.
Explaining what he did after the storm, Santiago Vivar (III), said “I shoveled snow, I played tons of computer games, and sometimes I would go sledding”.
As we look back upon the destruction of Winter Storm Nemo, cleanup efforts, aided by high temperatures, have quickly allowed everyday business to resume in New England.
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