Huge bliz­zard hits east­ern US, 9 killed, life paral­ysed

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Reuters & As­so­ci­ated Press ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

RE­LATED RE­PORT, P17

AFP PHOTO

Na­tional Guard mem­bers and oth­ers help to push a po­lice car, which got stuck in the snow in Wash­ing­ton on Satur­day.

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