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Winter storm strikes the Northeastern United States, a blizzard rages major disruption

February 2, 2021 7:15 PM |

Winter storm strikes the Northeastern United States

The powerful winter storm has struck the Northeast United States on Monday evening (local time) and nearly brought life to a standstill in most areas. Coastal areas have been blasted with high-velocity winds speeding blizzard snow to disrupt rail, road and air traffic. This powerful storm has crashed over much of Northeastern United States covering New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Manhattan and Boston.

New York state government has declared a state of emergency for 24 hours in the city and 44 other counties. The warning was already in place and more than 90% of flights were cancelled and operations suspended over all the airports in that area. The weather system is being termed as ‘storm of the century’ which has dumped over 50cm of snow at few many places.

The ravaging storm has brought travel restriction impacting Corona vaccine rollout. All 6 vaccine mega-sites across New Jersey were closed and vaccine appointments rescheduled. Earlier a record-breaking snowstorm had struck the New York City in 2016 when the blizzard dumped 70cm of snow on the most populous city of the country.

The storm is likely to taper soon as snow bands have started moving north into New England and vacating the impacted areas. Power outages will have to be restored and snow clearance speeded up for the resumption of normal life.

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