'Blizzard' Nemo Live Blog; Updates On Northeast Winter Snowstorm [PHOTOS]

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    A New York water taxi makes its way through the wind-driven snow under the Brooklyn Bridge on the East River between the city's boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn Friday. Reuters
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    Winter storm Nemo is expected to drop more than two feet of snow in selected northeast areas. Reuters
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    People make their way through snow in New York's Times Square Friday. Reuters
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    Winter storm Nemo created travel delays in the northeast U.S., and some fun. Reuters
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Nemo has taken the U.S. Northeast by storm, with New England getting the brunt of the winter weather.

When will the snow stop? How many inches are we going to get? Is my flight canceled? Will the power go out in my house? These are just some of the questions concerned residents in states such as Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Jersey, and New York are asking regarding Nemo.

Twitter users can access live updates about the storm by following #nemo on the microblogging site, and live-stream news updates can be viewed here.

[UPDATE: Saturday, 12:30 p.m. EST] 

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Some coastal areas were significantly flooded in the aftermath of winter storm Nemo. Oceanfront homes in Sandwich, Mass., were not only flooded when high tide came in, but a majority of the area is without power, according to the Weather Channel. 

Parts of Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut have all gotten more than 30 inches of snow, and Maine is expected to have similar snowfall totals.

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While the severe winter storm has subsided in New York and New England, it has yet to let up in Maine -- a state that already received record-breaking snow due to Nemo.

At 11:30 a.m. the Weather Channel tweeted, “Around 645k remain without power....410k in MA alone. #Nemo.” 

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[UPDATE: Saturday, 11 a.m. EST]

The Weather Channel updated the following snowfall totals: 

Milford, CT: 38.0”

Portland, ME: 29.3”

Boston, MA: 21.8”

NYC (Central Park): 11.4” 

News12 Long Island added that Centereach received 32 inches.

Nemo broke records in Maine, dumping 29.3 inches of snow in Portland. The state's previous record snowfall was 27.1 inches set in 1979.

Hartford, Conn. had its second heaviest snowfall with 22.3 inches. 

Worcester, Mass. had its third heaviest snowstorm of all time, missing its record 33 inches by 4-and-a-half inches.

Concord, N.H. also had its third heaviest snow total with 20.3 inches. The weather site added that more precipitation would be coming toward the Northeast; a mix of sleet and rain is expected for Monday, but in light amounts. 

[UPDATE: Saturday, 9 a.m. EST]

Winter Storm Nemo, the blizzard that pummeled the Northeastern United States on Friday and Saturday, killed at least one person, left hundreds of thousands without power and disrupted thousands of flights. 

Forecasters warned of more heavy winds and snowfalls on Saturday, particularly near Boston, where up to 30 inches was expected in some areas, as well as in New York, Connecticut and Maine.

In the first death blamed on the blizzard, one man in his seventies was killed when a driver lost control of her car and hit him in Poughkeepsie, New York, media reported.

The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth, Massachusetts lost power and automatically shut down during the storm late on Friday, but there was no threat to the public, said the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, according to Reuters. 

Winds reached 35 to 40 miles per hour by Friday afternoon and meteorologists said there gusts of up to 60 mph overnight.

The storm prompted the governors of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and Maine to declare states of emergency.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick took the rare step of announcing a ban on most car travel starting Friday afternoon, while Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy closed the state's highways to all but emergency vehicles.

By Friday night some commuter trains that run between New York City and Westchester County, Long Island and Connecticut had already been suspended. Amtrak suspended railroad service between New York, Boston and points north on Friday afternoon.

In many cases, authorities ordered non-essential government workers to stay home, urged private employers to do the same, told people to prepare for power outages and encouraged them to check on elderly or disabled neighbors.

"People need to take this storm seriously," said Malloy, Connecticut's governor. "Please stay home once the weather gets bad except in the case of real emergency."

More than 160,000 lost power in Massachusetts, almost 200,000 in Rhode Island and 34,000 in Connecticut, according to local utilities.

[UPDATE: Friday, 11:30 p.m. EST]

The Weather Channel (@TWCBreaking) has reported that many Northeastern towns are now covered by as much as 2 feet of snow, almost half a million people are without power, and hurricane-force gusts are blasting the Atlantic Coast with many hours of Nemo to go. 

On New York's Long Island, 19 inches of snow have fallen in Stony Brook, as indicated in this photograph:

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New York, the city that never sleeps, appears to have been shut down by Nemo’s snowy wrath:

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Here’s a picture of Nemo apparently obscuring the New York skyline, as seen from the George Washington Bridge:

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[UPDATE: 10:30 p.m.] 

An on-camera meteorologist at the Weather Channel, Mark Elliot, shared a report about snowfall in Connecticut: “Seeing tweets (unofficial, unverified) claiming snowfall rates in CT ranging from 5 to 8 inches per hour! About an inch every 10 min?! #nemo.”

Stu Ostro, senior meteorologist at TWC, tweeted about barometric pressure in Nantucket, Mass: “Measured pressure below 980 millibars at buoy southeast of  #Nantucket #Nemo yfrog.com/esyb5pyp.”

Meanwhile, the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency reported about 132,000 National Grid customers in the state were without power as of 10:30 p.m.

@AICJacketsVoice in Springfield, Mass. joked, “Looks like we're not going to have too much trouble finding #Nemo here,” and shared this photograph of the snowfall:

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The Weather Channel tweeted about the amount of snow on New York's Long Island and the wind gusts in Providence, R.I.: “3" of snow in the past hour at Islip on Long Island; 10" on the ground; visibility now 1/16 of a mile. #nemo #nywx” and “1" of snow in the past hour at Providence airport; winds still gusting near 60 mph (peak gust 64 mph earlier this evening). #nemo #riwx.”

Whiteout conditions were visible in Everett, Mass., thanks to a retweeted picture by Matt Hoeing:

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also shared several tweets regarding transportation by bus and train in his state, as follows:

-- “Bus service at Port Authority Bus Terminal will be suspended as of 10PM due to weather conditions #Nemo."

-- “#LIRR has suspended service on the Montauk Branch east of Speonk for safety reasons due to snow accumulation and visibility issues.”

-- “#LIRR may suspend service on other branches for customer safety if snow accumulation reaches 10-13'.”

As of Friday at 9 p.m., the New York area had been pelted with a wintry mix of rain, snow, and ice.

The Weather Channel tweeted around 8 p.m.: “Spotters report 12.5" of snow in Montville in southeast Connecticut - the highest total we've seen so far from #Nemo. #ctwx.”

Earlier, it posted: “Weather is so turbulent that NWS New York reports their 7pm weather balloon was lost and did not report any data after being released. #nemo.”

TWC’s hurricane expert Greg Postel tweeted: “Absolutely nasty snow bands rotating onshore in southern New England. Gusts over 50 mph with 3+ in per hour. #Nemo #Blizzard.”

At 7:34, TWC’s Chrissy Warrilow said: “8.5" of snow fell over the past 4 hours in West Glocester, Rhode Island.”

And at 7:16, she posted: “59 mph wind gusts were recorded in Nantucket and Independence, Massachusetts.”

One user shared a composite photograph measuring how much snow had fallen in Massachusetts in about two hours:

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Some tweets were not so serious, though.

One person joked how the family was watching “Finding Nemo,” a film about a fish named Nemo who proves to his dad that his disability doesn’t hold him back.

Another tweeter wrote: “Just talked to my family in NH, they are hanging out watching 'Finding Nemo,' while waiting out winter storm Nemo.”

Ellen DeGeneres, the comedian who voiced the character Dory in “Finding Nemo” also tweeted on Friday: “I hope everyone stays safe on the East Coast during the blizzard. In other news, #Nemo is trending! That movie really is a classic.”

Michelle Kantor wrote: “[T]onight's #nemo menu: turkey meatloaf, roasted sweet potatoes, steamed broccoli, and oatmeal banana chocolate chip cookies. take that, snow!”

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