Winter storm Hercules pummels East Coast

Winter storm slammed into the U.S. Northeast with howling winds and frigid cold, dumping nearly two feet of snow in some parts and whipping up blizzard-like conditions.

Water floods a street along the shore in Scituate, Mass., Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. A winter storm that dropped nearly 2 feet of snow just north of Boston, temporarily shut down major highways in New York and Pennsylvania and forced airlines to cancel thousands of flights nationwide menaced the Northeast on Friday with howling winds and dangerously cold temperatures. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Water floods a street along the shore in Scituate, Mass., Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. A winter storm that dropped nearly 2 feet of snow just north of Boston, temporarily shut down major highways in New York and Pennsylvania and forced airlines to cancel thousands of flights nationwide menaced the Northeast on Friday with howling winds and dangerously cold temperatures. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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