Winter Weather

Blizzard Batters Coastal Communities

The biggest storm so far in 2010 is now battering the New England coast, leading to power outages, flooding and evacuations in several coastal Massachusetts towns. "This is about as challenging an operation as we’ve seen in a lot of years," one local police lieutenant said. Fierce winds took down power lines and even started a fire in Scituate, Mass., where many residents have headed for shelter in a high school. The next high tide is scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday afternoon, and authorities and citizens are holding their breath and hoping for no further damage.