Northeast digs out from blizzard

The Northeast is digging itself out of a blizzard that dumped up to 40 inches of

snow with hurricane force winds, killing at least nine people and

leaving about half a million customers without power.

Bert Johnson takes a break while clearing snow from a bus-stop bench outside the apartment complex where he lives in Portland, Maine, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. Residents are digging out after a blizzard dumped a record 31.9 inches of snow on the city. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Two men clear snow off a roof of a home in North Andover, Mass. Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. Beleaguered Massachusetts residents returned to work on Monday for the first time since the weekend blizzard, crawling along narrow snow-covered secondary roads and being greeted by a new wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

School buses are covered in snow after a winter storm in Hartford, Conn., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. A howling storm across the Northeast left much of the New York-to-Boston corridor covered with more than three feet of snow on Friday into Saturday morning. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

People pause for a picture while digging out their cars in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. A howling storm across the Northeast left the New York-to-Boston corridor shrouded in 1 to 3 feet of snow Saturday, stranding motorists on highways overnight and piling up drifts so high that some homeowners couldn't get their doors open. More than 650,000 homes and businesses were left without electricity.(AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

A plow clears a path outside Poquonock Elementary School in Windsor, Conn., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. A howling storm across the Northeast left much of the New York-to-Boston corridor covered with more than three feet of snow on Friday into Saturday morning. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

A plow clears a path outside Poquonock Elementary School in Windsor, Conn., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. A howling storm across the Northeast left much of the New York-to-Boston corridor covered with more than three feet of snow on Friday into Saturday morning. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Deb Hanley, left, and Frank McGuire dig about three feet of snow from around their car outside their home in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. The Boston area received about two feet of snow from a winter storm. A howling storm across the Northeast left the New York-to-Boston corridor shrouded in 1 to 3 feet of snow Saturday, stranding motorists on highways overnight and piling up drifts so high that some homeowners couldn't get their doors open. More than 650,000 homes and businesses were left without electricity. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Peter Bloom digs his car out of a parking lot at sunrise, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Portland, Maine. Residents are digging out after a blizzard dumped a record 31.9 inches of snow on the city. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Peter Bloom digs his car out of a parking lot at sunrise, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Portland, Maine. Residents are digging out after a blizzard dumped a record 31.9 inches of snow on the city. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

A parking meter pokes out of a snow bank during a blizzard, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Portland, Maine. The storm dumped more than 30 inches of snow as of Saturday afternoon, breaking the record for the biggest storm on record. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

A man shovels snow off his car in front of his home on East Third street in the South Boston neighborhood in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. A howling storm across the Northeast left the New York-to-Boston corridor shrouded in 1 to 3 feet of snow Saturday, stranding motorists on highways overnight and piling up drifts so high that some homeowners couldn't get their doors open. More than 650,000 homes and businesses were left without electricity. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

A man shovels snow off his car in front of his home on East Third street in the South Boston neighborhood in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. A howling storm across the Northeast left the New York-to-Boston corridor shrouded in 1 to 3 feet of snow Saturday, stranding motorists on highways overnight and piling up drifts so high that some homeowners couldn't get their doors open. More than 650,000 homes and businesses were left without electricity. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Wet snow coats houses along the South River at high tide in the Humarock coastal neighborhood of Scituate Mass. on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. A behemoth storm packing hurricane-force wind gusts and blizzard conditions swept through the Northeast overnight. (AP Photo/The Patriot Ledger, Greg Derr)

A woman shovels out a car on Third street in the South Boston neighborhood of Boston on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. A behemoth storm packing hurricane-force wind gusts and blizzard conditions swept through the Northeast overnight. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Juan Tavares carries his bike rather than risk riding on a snow-covered street during a blizzard, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Portland, Maine. The storm dumped more than 30 inches of snow as of Saturday afternoon, breaking the record for the biggest storm on record. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Tina Khoshaboo clears snow from her car on South Water Street during the aftermath of a blizzard in the Byram section of Greenwich, Conn., Saturday morning, Feb. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Greenwich Time, Bob Luckey) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT

Tina Khoshaboo clears snow from her car on South Water Street during the aftermath of a blizzard in the Byram section of Greenwich, Conn., Saturday morning, Feb. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Greenwich Time, Bob Luckey) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT

Nicole Lacoursiere of North Andover, Mass. falls back to make a snow angel Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 in some 24 inches of snow that had fallen in her yard. A behemoth storm packing hurricane-force wind gusts and blizzard conditions swept through the Northeast, dumping more than 2 feet of snow on New England and knocking out power to 650,000 homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

A woman digs out her car after it was blocked in by drifting snow during a blizzard, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Portland, Maine. The storm dumped more than 30 inches of snow as of Saturday afternoon, breaking the record for the biggest storm on record. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

People wait for a bus at the Boston Seaport World Trade Center as snow begins to fall Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Snow was falling around the Northeast on Friday, ushering in what's predicted to be a massive blizzard. Boston could get 2 to 3 feet of snow, while New York City was expecting 10 to 14 inches. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Snow falls on a pedestrian as she leaves the Rag & Bone Fall 2013 fashion collection show during Fashion Week, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, in New York. Snow began falling across the Northeast on Friday, ushering in what was predicted to be a huge, possibly historic blizzard and sending residents scurrying to stock up on food and gas up their cars. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Kelli Hallett makes a snow angel in Times Square, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, in New York. Snow began falling across the Northeast on Friday, ushering in what was predicted to be a huge, possibly historic blizzard and sending residents scurrying to stock up on food and gas up their cars. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Robert Burck, aka the "Naked Cowboy," performs in Times Square as it snows Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, in New York. Snow began falling across the Northeast on Friday, ushering in what was predicted to be a huge, possibly historic blizzard and sending residents scurrying to stock up on food and gas up their cars. The storm could dump 1 to 3 feet of snow from New York City to Boston and beyond. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Robert Burck, aka the "Naked Cowboy," performs in Times Square as it snows Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, in New York. Snow began falling across the Northeast on Friday, ushering in what was predicted to be a huge, possibly historic blizzard and sending residents scurrying to stock up on food and gas up their cars. The storm could dump 1 to 3 feet of snow from New York City to Boston and beyond. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Cars are stuck in traffic as a winter storm arrives , Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 in Newington, N.H. Snow began to fall around the Northeast on Friday at the start of what's predicted to be a massive, possibly historic blizzard, and residents scurried to stock up on food and supplies ahead of the storm. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

A warning sign flashes for motorists on the expressway into Boston as snow starts to fall on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. A major winter storm is heading toward the U.S. Northeast with up to 2 feet of snow expected for a Boston-area region that has seen mostly bare ground this winter. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

A morning rush hour commuter walks over the Williamsburg bridge, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 in New York. A storm poised to dump up to 3-feet of snow from New York City to Boston and beyond beginning Friday could be one for the record books, forecasters warned, as residents scurried to stock up on food and water and road crews readied salt and sand. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

A morning rush hour commuter walks over the Williamsburg bridge, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 in New York. A storm poised to dump up to 3-feet of snow from New York City to Boston and beyond beginning Friday could be one for the record books, forecasters warned, as residents scurried to stock up on food and water and road crews readied salt and sand. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Jose Echevarria delivers gas to a station that is completely out in Ellington, Conn., Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Many stations in the area are out due to a pending storm poised to dump up to 3 feet of snow from New York City to Boston and beyond beginning Friday. Forecasters warn this could be one for the record books, as residents scurried to stock up on food and water and gas. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Jose Echevarria delivers gas to a station that is completely out in Ellington, Conn., Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Many stations in the area are out due to a pending storm poised to dump up to 3 feet of snow from New York City to Boston and beyond beginning Friday. Forecasters warn this could be one for the record books, as residents scurried to stock up on food and water and gas. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Mary Ann Bova walks along a slippery snow covered sidewalk during a winter storm in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. In some upstate areas, snow fell early Friday morning and was expected to increase throughout the day, with the heaviest accumulations expected in eastern New York on Friday night.(AP Photo/David Duprey)

A pedestrian walks through the snow in Washington Park on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, in Albany, N.Y. Parts of the New York region still cleaning up from Superstorm Sandy are bracing for a winter storm that's expected to blanket the Northeast with heavy snow Friday and Saturday. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Jack Percoco of Cambridge, Mass. reaches into depleted shelves for milk at a supermarket in Somerville, Mass., Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. A major winter storm is heading toward the U.S. Northeast with up to 2 feet of snow expected for a Boston-area region that has seen mostly bare ground this winter. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Chris Oppenberg of Andover Small Engine Service assembles a home generator for a customer in Andover, Mass., Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, in preparation for a major winter storm headed toward the U.S. Northeast. The National Weather Service calls for up to 2 feet of snow expected for a Boston-area region that has seen mostly bare ground this winter. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

This image made available by NOAA shows storm systems over the eastern half of the United States on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 at 11:15 EST. A blizzard of potentially historic proportions threatened to strike the Northeast with a vengeance Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 with 1 to 2 feet of snow feared along the densely populated Interstate 95 corridor from the New York City area to Boston and beyond. (AP Photo/NOAA)