Saturday Feb 09, 201306:26 AM GMT
Blizzard pounds US Northeast
Photo shows pedestrians battling wind, snow and sleet in New York City on February 8, 2013.
Photo shows pedestrians battling wind, snow and sleet in New York City on February 8, 2013.
Sat Feb 9, 2013 6:25AM
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A monster blizzard across the United States Northeast has brought planes, cars, and trains to a standstill.

According to authorities, by late Friday, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty Airport in neighboring New Jersey halted all flights while John F. Kennedy International Airport did the same by early evening.

Meanwhile, public transit systems were also shut down and people were called on to stay at home due to heavy snow and whipping winds.

The storm is forecasted to bring heavy snow along the New England coast along with power cuts and shutting down of transport links for tens of millions of people.

According to reports, in Massachusetts alone, over 255,000 homes and businesses faced power cut by late evening, while the number is expected to go up.

The storm, which has been created after two powerful systems converged, started on Friday morning in parts of New York and is anticipated to continue into Saturday, leaving between half and one foot of snow in New York and as much as two feet in Boston.

The National Weather Service has warned that "In addition to the heavy snowfall, wind gusts of up to hurricane force are possible, especially near the coast."

"This will result in blizzard conditions with drifting and blowing snow," the agency added while saying that travel at night "will be extremely hazardous, if not impossible.”

This comes as blizzard warnings has been issued from New Jersey to southern Maine, including New York City and Boston while New York’s mayor Michael Bloomberg called on people to remain at their homes and read "a good book.”

The tempest came more than three months after Hurricane Sandy destroyed parts of New York and New Jersey and claimed the lives of more than 130 people. The storm also caused damage worth some USD 71.4 billion.

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