US East Coast digging out from snow chaos

US East Coast digging out from snow chaos

The US East Coast was digging out after a massive storm shut down the East Coast over the weekend with an icy blanket as deep as 60-centimetres in places, dpa reported.

The storm was blamed for at least five deaths, four of them from traffic accidents, the fifth from hypothermia, according to media reports.

The storm, a so-called northeaster which started with heavy rain in Florida last week and showered snow over Washington DC for 12 hours starting late Friday, swept north through Philadelphia, New York and Boston.

It dumped up to 60 centimetres of snow in Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Boston, and was headed offshore by late Sunday, Accuweather.com reported.

The snowfall stranded motorists and air passengers alike and cut power to thousands. More than 1,600 flights were cancelled, filling airports with disgruntled travellers.

Shopping malls closed throughout the mid-Atlantic region on the normally busy, last shopping weekend before Christmas, cutting into already struggling retail sales.

Bitter cold weather was expected to persist through the coming week, making it likely snow will remain in many places until Friday, when Christmas is celebrated across the US, weather forecasters said.

School children in the Washington DC area celebrated the prospect of cancellations reaching into Monday and even Tuesday in outlying regions

The snowfall of at least 40 centimetres was the deepest in the Washington area for December in about 70 years, and was also among the region's ten deepest snowfalls ever. The previous record in December for snowfall in Washington was 31 centimetres in 1932, said meteorologist Alan Reppert of Accuweather.com Inc in State College, Pennsylvania.

Washington's bus services were suspended, resumed on Sunday afternoon, only to be shut down again Sunday evening because of ice. Most Metrorail train service remained suspended to above-ground stations because of ice on the tracks through most of Sunday.

Washington's three airports - Baltimore-Washington International, Dulles and Reagan - closed, as did Philadelphia airport and Boston's Logan Airport, and flights slowly started resuming on Sunday.

"This is definitely the biggest snowstorm on record for D.C. in December," said Reppert.

Philadelphia's 54 centimetres of snow was the citys December record and the second-biggest accumulation behind 78 centimetres in January 1996, Accuweather said.

About 25 centimetres fell on New York City. Parents abandoned buggies and popped their kids onto sleds, pulling them into Central Park for sledding, where cross country skiers and joggers were out in full force. Fifty centimetres of snow fell on Long Island to the east of Manhattan.

The US government announced offices will remain closed in Washington on Monday to keep the city free of traffic for the cleanup.

Residents of Barda fully confident in Azerbaijani army - Executive authority
Residents of Barda fully confident in Azerbaijani army - Executive authority
Azerbaijan confirms 483 more COVID-19 recoveries
Azerbaijan confirms 483 more COVID-19 recoveries
Destroying historical monuments in Karabakh - against cultural identity of Azerbaijanis
Destroying historical monuments in Karabakh - against cultural identity of Azerbaijanis
Loading Bars
Latest
Amnesty International verifies use of banned cluster bombs by Armenia to attack Azerbaijani Barda
Azerbaijan avenges attack on Barda: Armenian units that subjected to fire civilian infrastructure, civilian population destroyed (VIDEO)
French COJEP issues report on civilian casualties as result of Armenian attacks on densely populated Azerbaijani areas
Nizami Ganjavi International Center discusses renewed fighting between Armenia, Azerbaijan
Georgian Meskhetian Brand Winemaking Company enters new markets
Armenian Armed Forces' attempts to attack prevented in several directions - MoD
Azerbaijan issues statement on handing over bodies of killed servicemen to Armenia
Azerbaijan's MoD notes chaos, mass desertion in Armenian army
Azerbaijan eyes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in upcoming years
Azerbaijan ratifies agreement on interaction of CIS member states' customs authorities
Azerbaijan reveals volume of tobacco production in Shaki district
UK increases import of Azerbaijani-made products
Georgia to cover utility fees of certain citizens starting from November
Canadian company to be engaged in gold mining in Georgia
Azerbaijani AFB Bank's net profit decreases
EBRD supports Georgian transport sector
No simple solution for Karabakh conflict, says Russian president
Azerbaijan approves law to rename 'Veng' village in Khojavand district into 'Chinarli'
Azerbaijani Prosecutor General's Office updates on woman killed following Armenia's missile fire
Azerbaijan to establish embassy in Cuba
Chairman of Azerbaijani community of Nagorno Karabakh calls on Canadian MP to apologize
Ombudsman of Azerbaijan sends protest letter to UNICEF regarding Armenian provocations
KAZ Minerals metals output on track to exceed full year production guidance
Reports about shelling of Russian border outpost false, says Azerbaijan's MoD
Servicemen of Armenian regiment refuse to take part in Karabakh hostilities
Russia making vigorous efforts to de-escalate Karabakh conflict as soon as possible - MFA
German allocates additional funds to Georgia for fighting COVID-19
Armenian Armed Forces shelling Azerbaijan’s Goranboy, Tartar, Barda
National Bank of Georgia sells funds at foreign exchange auction
World will lose heavily from enmity with Turkey and Azerbaijan, Turkish top official on Trend's 'Baku-Istanbul' teleconference (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Discussions related to durable resolution of Karabakh conflict ongoing constantly - OSCE (Exclusive)
CNPC Drilling Company in Turkmenistan opens tender to buy electric batteries
Number of high-ranking Armenian officials dismissed from their posts within month
One more Azerbaijani civilian killed by Armenian Armed Forces - top official
Azerbaijan sharply increases import of eggs from Georgia
Lebanese human rights defenders condemn Armenian vandalism in Beirut
Armenia once again violates ceasefire agreements - FACTS
Azerbaijan increases tea imports from Georgia
VTB Bank Kazakhstan's parent bank expected to facilitate bank's growth plans for 2020-2021
Azerbaijan appeals to UNICEF regarding Armenia's terror against Barda's civilians
Facebook gains court backing in document row with EU regulators
Commissioning of desalination plant in Kazakhstan's semi-desert zone postponed
Number of debit cards in Azerbaijan continues to grow
Georgia reduces imports of construction materials from Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan reduces import of cigarettes from Georgia
Residents of Barda fully confident in Azerbaijani army - Executive authority
Georgia increases oil import from Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan reveals details of casualties, injuries in Tartar inflicted by Armenian troops
Electricity production using renewable energy sources increases in Kazakhstan
Azerbaijan increases import of passenger cars from Georgia
Kazakhstan decreases imports from Austria
Precious metal prices in Azerbaijan down
Austria interested in further promoting economic co-op with Turkmenistan
People like Vladimir Yevseev call on Armenia to commit war crimes - Israeli expert
Ronaldinho films video message in support of Azerbaijan
Missile-hit area of Azerbaijan's Barda city targeted purposefully - Executive Office
Armenian military-political leadership to be punished soon – Azerbaijani prosecutor general
Kazakhstan, Spain trade down nearly threefold amid COVID-19
Bashkortostan boosts fuel export to Uzbekistan
President Ilham Aliyev calls President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Azerbaijan confirms 483 more COVID-19 recoveries
Small industrial zone to be created in Uzbekistan’s Tashkent
First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva congratulates brotherly people of Turkey on 29 October-Republic Day
Kazakhstan, Austria agree on Action Plan of Kazakhstan-Austrian Business Council for 2021
Armenian leadership shelled Tartar ignoring visit of diplomats - President's aide
Azerbaijani currency rates for Oct. 29
China's premium car buyers drive VW back to profit
Iran reveals its COVID-19 data for October 29
Kraft Heinz third-quarter sales beat estimates
Bahar Azadi gold coin price again rising in Iran
Georgia has record high grape harvest in past 30 years
Int'l journalist sends Letter to Joe Biden in regards to his statement on Karabakh
Armenia shells Goygol district, fire breaks out in forest - Ministry of Emergency Situations
Joint technical committee to be set up related to Khudafarin & Giz Galasi hydro junctions
ADB approves loan to support Georgia’s economic recovery
Azerbaijan's Nakhchivan increases value of its agricultural production
Turkmenistan plans to increase natural gas supplies to China
Armenian servicemen, who fire at civilians in Azerbaijan’s Barda, killed on battlefield (VIDEO)
Azerbaijan shoots down two Su-25 of Armenia – Defense ministry
Aircraft of Azerbaijani Armed Forces not involved in today's battles - Defense Ministry
Turkish Airlines to launch multiple charter flights to Georgia
Georgia's economic growth rate to up
Armenia used cluster bombs prohibited by all int'l conventions to attack civilians in Barda - Assistant to First Vice President of Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan’s all Smerch multiple rocket launchers fully operational – Defense ministry
Azerbaijan's Zangilan city liberated not long before 27-year anniversary of its occupation
Azerbaijan hands over bodies of soldiers, captured civilians to Armenia - president's aide
Azerbaijan bombing maternity hospital in Nagorno-Karabakh's Khankendi - fake
Top Iranian cleric condemns Armenia killing innocents in Azerbaijan's Barda city
Azerbaijan to become regional leader in energy efficiency - EU4Energy manager
Assessment of Turkmenistan's hydrocarbon resources published
Barda is beautiful and strong with reinforced determination - top official
Azerbaijani MPs to observe parliamentary elections in Georgia
Georgian vegetable oil company Qarva expanding its business
Assistant to Azerbaijani president, foreign diplomats visit Tartar
Kazakh-Chinese bitumen plant opens tender to buy electric materials
Neighboring countries increase demand to buy subsidized Iranian products
IFRC president makes statement on death of volunteer following Armenia's Barda shelling
Azerbaijan gives update on civil casualties, damages, following Armenia's attacks
Eni’s capex almost halves year-on-year
Criminal case opened on fact of Armenia's missile attack on Azerbaijan's Barda
All news