More than 4 million people are without power in the northeastern part of the country after a snowstorm dumped record amounts of heavy snow on Saturday.
The storm recorded record snowfall in Plainfield, Massachusetts where 27 inches fell. Heavy branches, which still carried leaves are being attributed to the additional havoc.
Many voiced surprise at how sudden and heavy the snow fell. "We are expecting extensive and long term power outages," said Conneticut Gov. P. Mallow.
The amount of snowfall in places crushed records as far back as a 100 years in some cases, according to National Weather Service spokesman Chris Vaccaro.