East Coast Residents Dig Their Way Out of Storm

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BOSTON – Now that the Northeastern bomb genesis has calmed a bit, it’s time for residents to start picking up the shovels and dig their way out. 

Here’s just how residents feel about this crazy cold weather.

“It’s crazy out here.”

All across the northeast, the big dig out began. 

“I’ve got good neighbors, if it wasn’t for my neighbors I don’t know what I would do, my mouth is frozen.” New Haven resident Paula Bittle-Pouncey said.

Some parts of Massachusetts saw 17 inches of snow.

So when the shovels weren’t enough, the snow blowers were fired up. 

“It’s part of a workout instead of going to the gym.”

Wind intensified the brutal cold, almost knocking people over in Boston, while crews tried to keep sidewalks clear. 

“I kept seeing it come closer and closer. I was like, oh no.”

Scituate, Massachusetts, was still dealing with flooding after powerful 15-foot waves crashed over the seawall, slamming ice and debris against homes. 

“It was pounding, it was hitting the seawall and going above the telephone poles.”

Kids in Boston had their second snow day on Friday.  

But in New York City, children had to bundle up and get to school. 

The 20 inches of snow that fell in parts of New Jersey was followed by wind chills of -11. 

That’s why fire turned to ice at this blaze in Newark. 

Off the coast, passengers on the Norwegian Breakaway traveling from the Bahamas to New York say their ship sailed into the storm Tuesday night.

They say 20 to 30-foot ocean swells caused flooding and made many people seasick.

“I thought I’d never be in a situation where I would say that’s the scariest moment of my life. This was the worst moment of my life,” Karoline Ross said.

Norwegian apologized, calling the weather conditions, “stronger than expected.”

At Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, general curator Dave Bernier explained why bird keepers got into the pond to break up thick ice for their birds. 

“It’s critically important for waterfowl at this climate,” Bernier said. “They need open water to stay warmer, it’s warmer than the air temperature. and also some of our ducks are diving ducks so they need places to dive to feed.”

And, no surprise, the one animal that seemed truly in its element was Siku, the polar bear. 

“We want more snow for him because he loves the snow. so we’d like a little more snow and less cold,” Bernier said.

Unlike the polar bears, most people in the northeast would be happy to see an end to this wintry weather. The problem is, winter is barely two weeks old. 

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