Call Loved Ones Hit By Winter Storm Nemo

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Cellphone companies say their networks weathered the storm after a blizzard dumped up to 3 feet of snow on New England.

Not all cell towers have backup power, so natural disasters can take out cell service through power outages. Last fall's Superstorm Sandy had a major impact on cell service in flooded areas of the Northeast.

But last week's snowstorm had much less effect. AT&T says the "vast majority" of its cell towers in the hardest-hit states are operating fine. Verizon Wireless, which prides itself on providing backup power to nearly all sites, says its network is performing well. Sprint Nextel says the storm's impact was "minimal."

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