Nor’easter death toll rises to 7 as power loss lingers across coast

The nasty nor’easter that wreaked mass havoc on mass transit and local airports gave way Saturday to sunshine in the city — even as its East Coast death toll hit seven.

Temperatures climbed into the mid-40s though the whipping winds remained, with a northern breeze featuring gusts up to 38 mph expected to last into the evening.

And a lingering threat of coastal flooding with resultant beach erosion remained across the region in the wake of the powerful, paralyzing storm.

Flood warnings for the city remained in effect through 2 a.m., with tides up to 3 feet higher than normal threatening areas along the East River and New York Harbor.

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SCITUATE, MA - MARCH 02: A flooded out road with a stop sign as a large coastal storm bears down on the region on March 2, 2018 in Scituate, Massachusetts. A nor'easter is set to slam the East Coast on Friday, bringing coastal flooding, heavy snow and strong winds to the area. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 02: A person struggles with their umbrella during a large storm on March 2, 2018 in New York, New York. A nor'easter is set to slam the East Coast on Friday, bringing coastal flooding, heavy snow and strong winds to the area. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
QUINCY, MA - MARCH 2: Daniel Cunningham, 22, of Quincy kayaks out to check on a stranded driver in the flooded Squantum section of Quincy, MA during a nor'easter storm on March 2, 2018. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
MARSHFIELD, MA - MARCH 2: Waves slam into ocean front homes and surge down Ocean Street where an abandoned Jeep sits in a storm-created ditch at the intersection with Franklin Street in Marshfield, MA during a nor'easter storm on March 2, 2018. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
QUINCY, MA - MARCH 2: An evacuation takes place on Post Island Road in Quincy, MA during a nor'easter storm on March 2, 2018. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Rubble rests on top of a car after a partially burnt building collapsed due to strong winds in Northeast Washington, DC, on March 2, 2018. A major winter storm pounded the US East Coast on Friday, whipping up strong winds and dumping heavy rain and snow, forcing the cancellation of several thousand flights and the closure of federal government offices in Washington. Coastal flooding alerts were issued from New Jersey to Massachusetts with winter weather advisories, winter storm warnings and high wind warnings in effect from the Northeast to the Mid-Atlantic, the National Weather Service said. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
TAKOMA PARK, MD - MARCH 02: High winds downed a tree onto power lines, blocking the street and damaging a vehicle March 2, 2018 in Takoma Park, MD. Freezing temperatures and wind gusts up to 70 m.p.h. pounded the Washington, DC, area, downing trees, knocking out power and forcing schools and the federal government to close. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 2: A pair keep dry by standing atop a garden planter on a flooded Long Wharf in Boston during a nor'easter storm on March 2, 2018. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
MARSHFIELD, MA - MARCH 2: Water surges down Ocean Street in Marshfield, MA past an abandoned Jeep during a nor'easter storm on March 2, 2018. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
A worker cuts a tree that had fallen on to a house as a storm bringing high winds passes over Kensington, Maryland, U.S., March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
American flags partially torn from their poles fly as a storm producing strong winds passes through Washington, U.S., March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
A flight information board shows cancelled flights as a storm bringing high winds passes over Reagan National Airport in Washington, U.S., March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
SCITUATE, MA - MARCH 2: Waves crash against homes in Scituate, MA during a nor'easter storm on March 2, 2018. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Rubble rests on top of a car after a partially burnt building collapsed due to strong winds in Northeast Washington, DC, on March 2, 2018. A major winter storm pounded the US East Coast on Friday, whipping up strong winds and dumping heavy rain and snow, forcing the cancellation of several thousand flights and the closure of federal government offices in Washington. Coastal flooding alerts were issued from New Jersey to Massachusetts with winter weather advisories, winter storm warnings and high wind warnings in effect from the Northeast to the Mid-Atlantic, the National Weather Service said. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
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Two additional storm-related deaths were reported Saturday: A 25-year-old man in Connecticut and a 57-year-old Pennsylvania man, both killed in their cars by toppled trees.

In New York, an 11-year-old Putnam County boy was crushed by a tree and a 42-year-old woman was killed in a Brooklyn car crash.

Gov. Cuomo dispatched 100 state National Guard members to help with storm recovery in New York’s four hardest-hit counties: Westchester, Dutchess, Sullivan and Putnam.

Amtrak resumed service Saturday after a 24-hour shutdown on its Northeast Corridor line at 11 a.m., running a modified schedule and warning customers to expect “significant residual delays.”

And cancellations dropped dramatically at Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark Airports, with fewer than 200 flights grounded — a fraction of the 1,600 idled one day earlier by the rain and gusting winds.

By Saturday afternoon, LaGuardia reported an average delay of less than 15 minutes.

Arriving flights at Newark were still touching the tarmac as much as 45 minutes late because of windy conditions in the Garden State.

More than 70,000 ConEdison customers remained without power Saturday, the vast majority in the city’s northern suburbs.

“The wind and rain make it challenging for our crews as they continue to restore power,” the utility said via Twitter.

On Long Island, more than 10,000 customers were still in the dark Saturday afternoon after the storm blew out of the area.

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