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TOP 10 STORIES OF THE YEAR: BLIZZARD

Published December 31. 2013 4:00AM

The Day's news staff looked back at the biggest local headlines of 2013:

Whether called Charlotte or Nemo, February's blizzard dumped an average of 25 inches of snow on New London County, closing schools, grounding planes, and snuffing out power for tens of thousands.

Descending on the state Feb. 8 - days after the anniversary of the historic blizzard of 1978 - the storm progressed Friday into Saturday from a wintry mix to a full-on blizzard, leading Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to declare a state of emergency, close all roads and issue a travel ban for non-emergency vehicles.

Southeastern Connecticut bore the brunt of the 39,000 statewide Connecticut Light & Power customer outages.

Old Saybrook recorded the highest accumulation in the region with 30 inches, and wind gust speeds peaked at

60 mph at the Groton-New London Airport. Other areas saw upwards of 3 feet of snow and gusts topping 80 mph.

Hundreds of National Guard troops helped dig out buried towns, and Malloy attributed seven deaths to the storm.

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