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State of Emergency in Northeast states after heavy snowfalls

Heavy snow, strong winds and frigid temperatures have again lashed through Northeast US, wreaking chaos and causing fatalities. A state of emergency has been declared in several states.

Over 50 million people in major metropolitan centers have been  affected by the havoc-causing weather as the storm raged  throughout the East Coast. Federal Government workers were urged  to stay home, and many businesses also closed their doors as  emergency warnings were announced for one of the most populated  parts of the country.

The governor of New York, Andrew M. Cuomo, has declared a state  of emergency in many counties of the state. He also activated the  State Emergency Operation center to monitor the storm, reports  WPIX.

“I urge all those in the affected regions to exercise  caution, and avoid travel if possible,” Cuomo said.   “State resources are deployed to clear snow and help those  impacted by the storm, but above all it is important that New  Yorkers remain safe both during and after the storm.”

Over 40 cm (16 inches) of snow has fallen in Manalapan Township,  in Monmouth County, New Jersey. The state governor, Chris  Christie, also declared a state of emergency, authorizing the  State Director of Emergency Management to activate recovery  efforts for the storm.

“I encourage all New Jerseyans to stay off the roads if  possible so that our first responders and public safety officials  can safely respond to any emergency situations,” he said.The third state to declare an emergency was Delaware. The state’s  governor, Jack Markell, declared a state of emergency with a   “Level 1 Driving Warning.” “Conditions have  deteriorated, and it is safer not to drive if you don’t have  to,” he said, reports the Smyrna-Clayton Sun-Times.

In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the snow which started falling on  Tuesday, had reached the 35 cm mark (14 inches) by Wednesday  morning.

The storm turned deadly in Maryland where at least one driver has  been killed in a storm-related accident about 80 km (50 miles)  northwest of Baltimore. According to preliminary investigation,  two people have also been killed on a road in the state’s Prince  George’s County.

About 3,000 flights were canceled on Tuesday at some of the  country’s busiest airports, including Washington, Baltimore,  Philadelphia, New York and Boston. Logan International Airport in  Boston, Massachusetts warned passengers to expect an extremely  limited domestic service. Over 1,400 flights have already been  canceled nationwide, according to the flight-tracking site, New York’s LaGuardia Airport also  had many flight cancellations.

In many districts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut,  Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky, schools have remained  closed since Tuesday. Schools were also closed on Wednesday in  Rhode Island, Connecticut, upstate New York, New Jersey,  Delaware, Maryland, Northern Virginia and the District of  Columbia.



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