Record-breaking blizzard hammers U.S. Northeast

A record-breaking blizzard packing hurricane-force winds hammered the northeastern United States on 9 February 2013, cutting power to 700,000 homes and businesses as well as shutting down travel. The mammoth storm that stretched from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic dumped more than 3 feet of snow across the Northeast. Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts took the brunt of the blizzard.

Massive Blizzard Hits New England

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 9: A snow covered sidewalk on Commonwealth Avenue is shown on February 9, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The powerful storm has knocked out power to 650,000 and dumped more than two feet of snow in parts of New England. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Massive Blizzard Hits New England

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 09: People walk in the snow during a lingering blizzard on February 9, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The powerful storm has knocked out power to 650,000 and dumped more than two feet of snow in parts of New England. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Massive Blizzard Hits New England

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 09: Michael Greely hugs Rebecca Ferrel on Commonwealth Avenue following a powerful blizzard on February 9, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The storm knocked out power to 650,000 and dumped more than two feet of snow in parts of New England. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Major Snowstorm Bears Down On New York City

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: A worker carries a snow shovel across the Ground Zero consturction sight following a major winter storm on February 9, 2013 in New York City. New York City and much of the Northeast received a foot or more of snow overnight. Heavy snow warnings are in effect from New Jersey through southern Maine. (Photo by Andrew Kelly/Getty Images)

Massive Blizzard Hits New England

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 09: Snow blankets the city during a lingering blizzard on February 9, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The powerful storm has knocked out power to 650,000 and dumped more than two feet of snow in parts of New England. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Massive Blizzard Hits New England

WINTHROP, MA - FEBRUARY 9: A man shovels snow on Cutler Street February 9, 2013 in Winthrop, Massachusetts. The powerful storm has knocked out power to 650,000 and dumped more than two feet of snow in parts of New England. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Massive Blizzard Hits New England

WINTHROP, MA - FEBRUARY 9: A snow plow drives along Shirley Street on February 9, 2013 in Winthrop, Massachusetts. The powerful storm has knocked out power to 650,000 and dumped more than two feet of snow in parts of New England. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Massive Blizzard Hits New England

WINTHROP, MA - FEBRUARY 09: A snow plow goes down Winthrop Shore Drive as waves crash over the sea wall February 9, 2013 in Winthrop, Massachusetts. An overnight blizzard left one to two feet of snow in areas, and coastal flooding is expected as the storm lingers into the day. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Massive Blizzard Hits New England

WINTHROP, MA - FEBRUARY 09: The ocean overflows the sea wall on Winthrop Shore Drive February 9, 2013 in Winthrop, Massachusetts. An overnight blizzard left one to two feet of snow in areas, and coastal flooding is expected as the storm lingers into the day. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Major Snowstorm Hits New York City

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: A man pulls a child on a sled in Prospect Park in Brooklyn the morning after a massive snow storm on February 9, 2013 in New York City. New Yorkers woke up to over 10 inches of snow Saturday morning while parts of New England received over thirty inches following a storm that brought high winds and blizzard like conditions to the region. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Major Snowstorm Hits New York City

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: A man walks his dog in Prospect Park in Brooklyn the morning after a massive snow storm on February 9, 2013 in New York City. New Yorkers woke up to over 10 inches of snow Saturday morning while parts of New England received over thirty inches following a storm that brought high winds and blizzard like conditions to the region. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Major Snowstorm Hits New York City

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: A man cross country skis in Prospect Park in Brooklyn the morning after a massive snow storm on February 9, 2013 in New York City. New Yorkers woke up to over 10 inches of snow Saturday morning while parts of New England received over thirty inches following a storm that brought high winds and blizzard like conditions to the region. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Massive Blizzard Hits New England

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 09: Workers clear snow from a sidewalk in the Back Bay neighborhood during a lingering blizzard on February 9, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The powerful storm has knocked out power to 650,000 and dumped more than two feet of snow in parts of New England. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Major Snowstorm Bears Down On New York City

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: People walk along the Brooklyn Bridge following a major winter storm on February 9, 2013 in New York City. New York City and much of the Northeast received a foot or more of snow through Saturday morning with possible record-setting blizzard conditions expected. Heavy snow warnings are in effect from New Jersey through southern Maine. (Photo by Andrew Kelly/Getty Images)

Major Snowstorm Bears Down On New York City

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: Stan Erdreich adjusts the sleeve of his daughter Marlee Bea as they play in snow in the Financial District following a major winter storm on February 9, 2013 in New York City. New York City and much of the Northeast received a foot or more of snow through Saturday morning with possible record-setting blizzard conditions expected. Heavy snow warnings are in effect from New Jersey through southern Maine. (Photo by Andrew Kelly/Getty Images)

Major Snowstorm Bears Down On New York City

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: City employees clear the sidewalk following a major winter storm on February 9, 2013 in New York City. New York City and much of the Northeast received a foot or more of snow through Saturday morning with possible record-setting blizzard conditions expected. Heavy snow warnings are in effect from New Jersey through southern Maine. (Photo by Andrew Kelly/Getty Images)

Major Snowstorm Hits New York City

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: Children sled in Prospect Park in Brooklyn the morning after a massive snow storm on February 9, 2013 in New York City. New Yorkers woke up to over 10 inches of snow Saturday morning while parts of New England received over thirty inches following a storm that brought high winds and blizzard like conditions to the region. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Massive Blizzard Hits New England

WINTHROP MA - FEBRUARY 9: People clear snow with shovels and a snow blower on February 9, 2013 in Winthrop, Massachusetts. An overnight blizzard left one to two feet of snow in some areas, and coastal flooding is expected as the storm lingers into the day. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Winter Storm Strikes Massachusetts

WELLESLEY, MA - FEBRUARY 9: Wellesley firefighters push out fellow firefighter Brian Beckwith after he got stuck in the blizzard approaching the station. (Photo by Bill Greene/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Massive Blizzard Hits New England

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 9: A section of Gordon Street in the Brighton neighborhood is covered in snow on February 9, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The powerful storm has knocked out power to 650,000 and dumped more than two feet of snow in parts of New England. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Winter Storm Strikes Massachusetts

BOSTON - FEBRUARY 9: People begin to dig out from the big blizzard. Dozens sled on Boston Common. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Winter Storm Strikes Massachusetts

BOSTON - FEBRUARY 9: People begin to dig out from the big blizzard. People dig their cars out on Shawmut Avenue in the South End. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Massive Blizzard Hits New England

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 09: A tree and stret sign are covered in snow following a powerful blizzard on February 9, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The storm knocked out power to 650,000 and dumped more than two feet of snow in parts of New England. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Massive Blizzard Hits New England

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 09: A young woman jumps down from snow piled in front of the Massachusetts State House after posing for a photo following a powerful blizzard on February 9, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The storm knocked out power to 650,000 and dumped more than two feet of snow in parts of New England. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Massive Blizzard Hits New England

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 09: People attempt to push a stuck vehicle in the Back Bay neighborhood following a powerful blizzard on February 9, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The storm knocked out power to 650,000 and dumped more than two feet of snow in parts of New England. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Major Snowstorm Hits New York City

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: People walk and sled through a snowy Prospect Park in Brooklyn the morning after a massive snow storm on February 9, 2013 in New York City. New Yorkers woke up to over 10 inches of snow Saturday morning while parts of New England received over thirty inches following a storm that brought high winds and blizzard like conditions to the region. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Winter Storm Strikes Massachusetts

SQUANTUM, MA - FEBRUARY 9: Stairs become slides in the aftermath of the Blizzard of 2013. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Winter Storm Strikes Massachusetts

SQUANTUM, MA - FEBRUARY 9: Icicles on a closed restaurant frame those walking around Marina Bay after the Blizzard of 2013. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Massive Blizzard Hits New England

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 09: Snow remains in Copley Square (lower L) with clear skies following a powerful blizzard on February 9, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The storm knocked out power to 650,000 and dumped more than two feet of snow in parts of New England. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Major Snowstorm Bears Down On New York City

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: The Freedom Tower is shrouded in fog, rain and sleet as Manhattan prepares for a major winter storm on February 8, 2013 in New York City. New York City and much of the Northeast is expected to get a foot or more of snow through Saturday afternoon with possible record-setting blizzard conditions expected. Heavy snow warnings are in effect from New Jersey through southern Maine. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Major Snowstorm Bears Down On New York City

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A woman walks through wind, snow and sleet on Broadway as Manhattan prepares for a major winter storm on February 8, 2013 in New York City. New York City and much of the Northeast is expected to get a foot or more of snow through Saturday afternoon with possible record-setting blizzard conditions expected. Heavy snow warnings are in effect from New Jersey through southern Maine. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Massive Blizzard Hits New England

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 08: People clear a sidewalk with snowblowers on February 8, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. Massachusetts and other states from New York to Maine are preparing for a major blizzard with possible record amounts of snowfall in some areas. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Massachusetts Prepares For Major Blizzard

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 08: Snow falls on Copley Square on February 8, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. Massachusetts as well as other states from New York to Maine are preparing for a major blizzard with possible record amounts of snowfall in some areas. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Massive Blizzard Hits New England

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 08: People engage in a snowball fight as a blizzard arrives in the Back Bay neighborhood on February 8, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. Massachusetts as well as other states from New York to Maine are preparing for a major blizzard with possible record amounts of snowfall in some areas. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Massive Blizzard Hits New England

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 08: People shield themselves from the blowing snow as a blizzard arrives in the Back Bay neighborhood on February 8, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. Massachusetts and other states from New York to Maine are hunkered down for the major blizzard with possible record amounts of snowfall in some areas. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)