Halloween faces postponement due to scary weather
Halloween trick-or-treating is in trouble in some parts of New Jersey, New England, and even Miami in the wake of major storms.
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But in New Hampshire's capital of Concord, more than 22 inches fell, weeks ahead of the usual first measurable snowfall. West Milford, N.J., about 45 miles northwest of New York City, had 19 inches by early Sunday.Skip to next paragraph
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Rail service was getting back up to speed across the region, though delays were expected. Amtrak had suspended service on several routes, and one train from Chicago to Boston got stuck overnight in Palmer, Mass. The 48 passengers had food and heat, a spokeswoman said, and were taken by bus Sunday to their destinations.
North of New York City, dozens of motorists were rescued by state troopers after spending up to 10 hours stranded on snow-covered highways in Dutchess and Putnam counties.
Deaths blamed on the storm included an 84-year-old Pennsylvania man killed by a tree that fell on his home, a person who died in a traffic accident in Colchester, Conn., and a 20-year-old man who was electrocuted in Springfield, Mass.
Scary weather In Miami
While snow bogs down trick-or-treaters in the Northeast, Halloween in South Florida may go down in a soggy mess after a weekend of heavy rain.
A stalled tropical weather system continued to produce steady rain early Monday after pouring down as much as seven inches in places over the weekend.
The National Weather Service in Miami issued flood advisories through Monday morning for Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
Low-lying areas were experiencing some flooding early Monday.
One high school in Fort Lauderdale cancelled classes Monday due to severe weather. Scattered power outages also were reported across the reason.
The weather service reports that seven inches of rain fell in Miami Beach over the weekend. Six inches of rain was reported in Oakland Park, north of Fort Lauderdale.
Contributing to this report were Associated Press writers Noreen Gillespie in Newtown, Conn.; Mary Esch in Albany, N.Y.; Ron Todt in Philadelphia; David B. Caruso, Colleen Long and Deepti Hajela in New York; Holly Ramer in Concord, N.H.; and Bruce Shipkowski in Trenton, N.J.