The huge snowstorm battering the northeast United States cause blackouts in some 650,000 homes and piled up more than 60 centimeters (2 feet) of snow in some states.

One of the hardest-hit states was Massachusetts, with winds over 90 kph (56 mph) and 300,000 homes without electricity, though emergency management crews worked through the night to restore power.

In Rhode Island more than 180,000 users also suffered power outages.

Authorities declared a state of emergency in New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, the Maine coast and Massachusetts, where a state-wide ban on driving vehicles was ordered.

The storm began Friday morning in parts of New York and moved into the neighboring states of Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maine.

According to the National Weather Service, more than 60 centimeters (2 feet) of snow fell on some New England and Long Island towns, and hurricane-force winds of around 110 kph (70 mph) were forecast from New Jersey to Maine.

Temperatures dropped during the night to 21 F (-6 C) and the freezing weather was expected to continue through Saturday.

According to the FlightAware Web site, 1,896 flights have been canceled and 324 have been delayed, mostly in the New York and Boston metropolitan areas.

Up to now, one death in a Poughkeepsie, New York, traffic accident has been attributed to the storm. An 18-year-old girl lost control of her vehicle in the snow and ran over a man age 74, who subsequently died of his injuries.

The giant storm also caused at least three deaths in Ontario, Canada, two of them as a result of traffic accidents. EFE