Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Millions stay at home as massive blizzard hits US

A massive blizzard has hit the US Northeast, halting thousands of flights and closing hundreds of schools.
Officials warned that the storm could dump as much as 90cm of snow on the region. 

New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts declared states of emergencies as tens of millions of people were urged to stay at home with transport systems suspending services.

Aer Lingus has cancelled four flights between Ireland and North America today due to the storm.

The flights affected are EI 105 from Dublin to New York at 10.50am and EI 137 from Dublin to Boston at 2pm, as well as the return services - EI 104 from New York to Dublin and EI 136 from Boston to Dublin.

Yesterday one return flight between Dublin and New York was cancelled. Aer Lingus said customers affected by the cancellations had been notified.

The potentially historic storm poses the latest challenge to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has been under fire in recent weeks from police who criticised his support of public protests about white police violence against black men.   
The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for New York City and surrounding areas between coastal New Jersey and Connecticut, forecast to worsen overnight.
The blizzard knocked out a number of entertainment events. The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets called off their games and Broadway performances were cancelled.   
The United Nations headquarters gave itself a day off and schools across the east coast dismissed students and cancelled classes, with those in Boston staying closed until Thursday.................http://www.rte.ie/news/2015/0126/675582-new-york-snowstorm/


  1. Snowfall forecasts lowered but blizzard still 'life threatening'...

    A blizzard has dropped more than 30cm of snow across the north eastern United States, falling short of the massive predicted snowfall that prompted officials across the region to close schools and order travel bans.

    High winds and heavy snow were set to persist throughout the day, with another 30cm forecast to fall in parts of Boston.

    Wind-driven seas caused flooding along some low-lying roadways in coastal Massachusetts, state police said.

    The heaviest snowfall was recorded in parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts, while New York City's Central Park saw just 15cm, less than a quarter of the "historic" snowfall that some meteorologists had predicted...............http://www.rte.ie/news/2015/0127/675834-us-snow/

  2. State of Emergency Declared in Seven US States Because of Heavy Snowstorm ...

    Snowstorm Juno has led to public transport and flight disruptions in the United States, where state of emergency have been declared in seven states, ABC News reports.

    ......."Thousands of flights were cancelled for Monday and Tuesday, and authorities ordered drivers off the streets in New York and Boston. Public transport closed early, and until further notice," ABC News reported Tuesday, adding that "states of emergency were declared in seven states"........http://sputniknews.com/us/20150128/1017430828.html

  3. Snowstorms continue to wreak havoc in US northeast coast ...

    The snowstorms that started Monday evening across the US northeast coast continued to ravage the region Tuesday, with millions of people living in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia and other metropolises in the area affected.

    The snowstorm continued to smack eastern Long Island in the state of New York, as well as states of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts till Tuesday noon.

    According to US National Weather Service forecasters, the tough weather is expected to continue into early Wednesday morning in Boston, Massachusetts, where there was about 50 centimeters of snowfall already on the ground there.

    But meteorologists in the country were apologizing Tuesday morning after the so-called "Storm of the Century" proved to be less destructive than predicted.

    Blizzard warnings that called for up to 3 feet, or about 91.44 centimeters, to fall in New York City led officials to close schools, cancel flights and institute a statewide travel ban. But the snowstorm did not pummel parts of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania with the same punch that forecasters had predicted..................http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/904471.shtml


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