Friday, February 14, 2014

NY state declares state of emergency

A winter storm has dumped heavy snow on the eastern US. It has left 21 people dead in traffic accidents and from other causes.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for areas such as New York City and Long Island to warn residents and urge them to stay indoors.

18 centimeters of snow accumulated at Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia on Thursday. New Yorkers saw 36 centimeters of snow.

A developed low-pressure system moving north has brought heavy snow to the southern and eastern US since early this week.

Traffic accidents have occurred due to icy roads. In New York a pregnant woman was hit and killed by a snowplow. Some residents have also frozen to death.

Local media reported about 620,000 homes suffered temporary power outages. Some 6,500 flights on Thursday were cancelled across the country.

Almost all federal offices were closed in Washington on Thursday and government officials, excluding emergency staff, were ordered to stay at home.

US meteorological authorities expect the snowfall will lessen on Friday.