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Blizzard brings US north-east to a halt

Published on Feb 9, 2013 1:36 PM
Two girls look for a taxi in the snow in Times Square in New York on Feb 8, 2013 during a storm affecting the northeast US. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - A ferocious snowstorm pummeled the northeastern United States for a second straight day on Saturday, shutting down schools, severing power lines and forcing planes, cars and trains to come to a standstill.

The storm was forecast to bring the heaviest snow so far this winter along the New England coast, threatening power and transport links for tens of millions of people.

By late Friday, New York, one of the world's busiest air travel hubs, was cut off from the skies as snow and wind led airlines to suspend all operations at LaGuardia, Newark Liberty and John F. Kennedy International airports.

In Massachusetts alone, more than 255,000 homes and businesses were without power by late evening and the number was expected to rise, the Boston Herald reported.

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