NEW YORK - High winds from a rare October storm roaring through the US east coast knocked out power for 2.3 million people, and the heavy snow it dumped in several areas paralyzed life there. Three people were killed in storm-related incidents. Transportation was hard-hit on Sunday, The heaviest snow was recorded in Western Massachusetts, where 27.8 inches was measured in Plainfield, according to the National Weather Service. Just 45 minutes northwest of New York City, in West Milford, New Jersey, 19 inches of snow fell. "A historic October storm is still crushing New England with heavy snow and howling winds," a meteorologist said on Sunday. The storm was expected to exit Maine later on Sunday, but not before dumping up to a foot of snow on northern New England states, particularly southern Vermont, the NWS said. The heavy, wet snow snapped enormous trees like twigs, downing power lines from West Virginia to Massachusetts. New Jersey Transit and Metro-North Railroad suspended service on several lines into New York City on Saturday and continued the suspension on Sunday.