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Blizzard warning: At least 8 million people are under blizzard warnings, and 58 million are in the path of this storm.
The latest forecast: Track the snow, ice and rain here.
There were 24,000 reported outages across Massachusetts, largely in the eastern part of the state, Gov. Charlie Baker said this evening.
State officials were expecting those numbers to increase over the course of the evening, as strong winds continued throughout the night.
Approximately 500 National Guard members have been activated along the East Coast to assist with the ongoing winter storm, according to the Department of Defense.
“The main focus is assisting with transportation support and vehicles. No federal assets have been requested at this point,” Defense spokesman Lt. Colonel Jamie Davis said in a statement.
National Guard members were activated in New York; Rhode Island; Virginia; Massachusetts; Connecticut; Delaware; North Carolina; New Hampshire, and South Carolina.
Davis said that no additional activation is currently planned in other states.
Video footage from Hull, Massachusetts, shows the winter storm battering the area and cars frozen in the flood waters. (Notice the bag of trash sitting on top of the water in the photo above.)
Temperatures have dropped so low in South Florida that frozen iguanas are falling from trees.
Emily Maple, reptile keeper at the Palm Beach County Zoo, told CNN affiliate WPEC that the lizards freeze when it gets below 45 degrees.
“They’ll fall out of trees. They’ll end up in areas where your cars are, parking lots, areas where they’re cold stunned,” Maple told WPEC.
But that doesn’t mean they’re dead.
“If it’s just for a day or two they’ll just get to where they’re completely frozen in time. They’re still able to breathe. They’re still able to do bodily functions just very slow,” Maple said.
But if temperatures stay below 45 degrees for more than a couple of days, the lizards will likely die.
Connecticut received between 8 and 16 inches of snow today, Gov. Dannel Malloy said at a news conference this evening.
Malloy expected the heavy snowfall to stop by 7 p.m. ET. But he said the frigid temperatures will continue to pose a health risk to residents.
“It’s going to be bitterly cold over the weekend,” he said. “It’s going to very, very cold.”
At least 1,800 customers lost power during the storm, he said.
About 75% of flights were canceled because of the extreme weather conditions.
Tides in Portland, Maine, reached record levels today as a major snowstorm pounded the coast and triggered flooding.
Water levels reached 13.79 feet in the seaside city, according to the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine. It’s now the third-highest tide on record.
The highest tide on record is 14.7 feet, set during the blizzard of 1978.
Meanwhile, other parts of the state were blanketed in up to 13.5 inches of snow.
Maine Gov. Paul R. LePage urged people to stay off the road.
“Travel conditions are expected to be treacherous,” Gov. LePage said. “I encourage Mainers to stay off the roads and avoid traveling unless it is an absolute emergency. Avoiding unnecessary travel will keep accidents to a minimum and allow state and municipal road crews to safely go about their work.”