Huge blizzard hits eastern US, 9 killed, life paralysed
A wint er s t or m dumped nearly 2 f eet of snow on t he suburbs of Washington DC on Saturday before moving on to Philadelphia and New York, paralysing road, rail and airline travel along the US east coast. At least 10 states declared weather emergencies, aiming to get a handle on highways made impassable by the drifting snow and to shore up coastal areas where the blizzard conditions raised the danger of flooding.
At least nine people were killed in car crashes owing to icy roads in North Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee.
The heaviest snow was engulfing New York City on Saturday, but was expected to ease by early afternoon, though not end until Sunday. For Washington, the worst appeared to be over, although moderate snow was expected to keep falling until late Saturday, with the deepest accumulation of 23 inches recorded in Poolesville, Maryland, north of the nation’s capital.
Many stores were left with bare shelves as residents stocked up on food, water, preparing to spend the weekend indoors.
More than 4,200 US flights were cancelled on Saturday, most of them at airports in New York, Philadelphia and Washington, according to tracking website FlightAware.com.
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National Guard members and others help to push a police car, which got stuck in the snow in Washington on Saturday.