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Storms taking toll on families, schools in US North-east

Published on Feb 14, 2014 6:28 AM
A man walks through the Greenwich Village area of Manhattan in New York on Feb 13, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - A winter storm that froze the United States (US) South-east in its tracks pushed north on Thursday, with driving winds and heavy snow snarling travel and closing many schools from Washington to Connecticut, creating havoc for winter-weary parents.

More than 700,000 people, including residents of Georgia and South Carolina hit by a heavy blast of ice a day earlier, were without power as the storm made its way up the coast, closing much of Washington and threatening to drop up to 45cm of snow in some areas.

The repeated storms are taking a toll on schools and families, as snow-related cancellations left parents scrambling to find childcare options and administrators looking at making up lost days by extending classes into the summer.

New York City Public Schools, having taken only one snow day this year, proved a glaring exception and remained open.

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