[LOCATION: SOUTHINGTON, CONN.-FEBRUARY 9, 2013, 2013] [SOURCE: AP]

[NAT-BREAK]

FRIDAY NIGHT IN CONNECTICUT

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS WITH 3 TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW FALLING EACH HOUR

[NAT-BREAK]

DAY BREAK

VEHICLES BURIED IN MORE THAN 34 INCHES OF SNOW IN SOME AREAS

[SOT: EDWARD CORTES / STRANDED IN CONNECTICUT]

"EVERYWHERE IS LIKE THIS, IT'S JUST, IT'S AMAZING."

[NAT-BREAK]

SNOW PLOWS RAKING THE STREETS

[NAT-BREAK]

WITH ICE TAKING OVER HIS FACE BILL JAMESON OF SOUTHINGTON WORKED ALL MORNING TO CLEAR A PATH

[SOT: BILL JAMESON / CONNECTICUT RESIDENT]

"IT'S VERY CRAZY, 2 SNOW BLOWERS AND MY TRUCK IS DEAD TOO AND LOOK AT ME, I'M FREEZING."

[STAND-UP (IN A SNOW DRIFT): ROBERT RAY / ASSOCIATED PRESS]

"IN SOME PARTS OF CONNECTICUT, THE WINDS OVER 70 MILES PER HOUR AND OVER 35 INCHES OF SNOW. THE DRIFTING IS A MJOR PROBLEM. CAR CAN'T GET OUT AND YOU CAN SEE BEHIND ME AT LEAST A SIX FOOT DRIFT AND I AM STANDING IN ABOUT 3 FEET."

[NAT-BREAK]

UNDERNEATH THE SNOW, A SHEET OF ICE, SO MANY RESIDENTS ARE USING SNOW MOBILES TO GET AROUND

ON THE INTERSTATES AND SIDE ROADS, MANY VEHICLES SIT, ICED OVER WITH DEAD BATTERIES

CHRIS GASIROWSKI WAS STRANDED FRIDAY NIGHT, WITH 20 OTHER VEHICLES

[SOT: CHRIS GASIROWSKI / STRANDED FROM THE STORM]

"PLOWS CAME BY AND THEY CLEARED UP SOME OF THE AREAS BUT IT WAS AN UNBELIEVABLE ACT, PEOPLE BANDED TOGETHER, GOT EVERYONE OUT, NO ONE WAS LEFT BEHIND, NOT ONE FROM THE 20 VEHICLES STUCK ON THE HIGHWAY."

[NAT-BREAK]

AS CONNECTICUT TRY TO DIG OUT IN DIFFICULT CONDITIONS, THE GOVERNOR HAS ORDERED ALL ROADWAYS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

ROBERT RAY, ASSOCIATED PRESS, SOUTHINGTON, CONN.

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