* Snow expected to move through Maine on Sunday
* Connecticut has most power outages in history
* Storm strands train, plane travelers
(Updates death toll, other details)
By Barbara Goldberg
NEW YORK, Oct 30 More than 3 million households
in the U.S. Northeast lacked power on Sunday as a rare October
snowstorm bedeviled transportation and killed at least eight
The record-breaking snow was heaviest in Jaffrey, New
Hampshire, where 31.4 inches (79.7 cm) fell according to the
National Weather Service. Northwest of New York City, in West
Milford, New Jersey, 19 inches (48 cm) of snow fell.
"It's too scary -- the windows are rattling too loud," a
terrified Sophia Band, 6, said, her father recalled, during the
crushing storm in Conway, Massachusetts overnight.
The snowy, windy weather that began on Saturday was
expected to exit Maine later on Sunday, but not before dumping
up to a foot (30.5 cm) of snow on northern New England,
particularly southern Vermont, the National Weather Service
Howling winds and heavy, wet snow snapped enormous trees
like twigs, downing power lines from West Virginia to Maine.
By Sunday evening, there were about 3 million households
without electricity across the Mid-Atlantic and New England,
according to Weather.com.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said the state
experienced the largest number of power outages in its history.
Most cities in the state opened centers where chilled residents
could stay warm. Maine, Massachusetts and New Jersey all said
they did not expect service to return to normal for several
days, while in Connecticut it could be more than a week. Public
school closures were announced for Monday in Connecticut and
STRANDED FOR 13 HOURS ON TRAIN
Transit nightmares were reported on planes and trains
throughout the storm-struck region.
Some 48 passengers on an Amtrak train bound for Boston were
stranded for 13 hours overnight when a rockslide blocked the
tracks in central Massachusetts, Amtrak said. They were bussed
to their destinations before noon on Sunday.
Other Amtrak service was suspended between Providence,
Rhode Island and Boston; New Haven, Connecticut and
Springfield, Massachusetts; and Philadelphia and Harrisburg,
New Jersey Transit and Metro-North Railroad suspended
service on several lines into New York City on Sunday.
Airports slowly returned to normal service on Sunday,
although there were some residual delays due to wind at Newark
International Airport, according to the Federal Aviation
JetBlue Airways was investigating reports 126 passengers
were stuck for more than seven hours Saturday on the tarmac at
Bradley International Airport near Hartford, Connecticut,
without food, water or working lavatories. They were aboard
Flight 504 from Florida, diverted to Bradley from Newark due to
AT LEAST EIGHT STORM-RELATED DEATHS
Icy roads throughout the Northeast proved deadly, and six
people were killed in car accidents.
Two other deaths were blamed on the storm. In Temple,
Pennsylvania, an 84-year-old man was killed as he napped in his
recliner when a snow-laden tree fell through his home, said a
Muhlenberg Township Police Department dispatcher.
In Springfield, Massachusetts, a 20-year-old man was
electrocuted when he stepped out of his vehicle and touched an
electrified guard rail, a Springfield police spokesman said.
Weather emergencies because of the storm were declared in
New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.
(Additional reporting by Lauren Keiper in Boston; Tim Sohn in
eastern Pennsylvania, Zach Howard in Western Massachusetts;
Editing by Jerry Norton and Cynthia Osterman)