Northeastern US faces severe winter storm: State of emergency declared

A heavy snow storm has shut down the Northeastern United States as close to 8,000 flights have been canceled, thousands of schools have closed and 18 million people have been put on high alert.
Heavy snow shuts down the Big Apple Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Winter storm Stella has hit the Northeastern United States, placing around 18 million people on high alert and forcing 7,800 flights to be canceled since yesterday. Thousands of schools in the area between Ohio and West Virginia up to Maine have been closed.

The storm is expected to most severely affect Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Washington, DC. A state of emergency has been declared in Maryland, Virginia, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. New York City’s Central Park is already under 4 inches of snow and forecasts predict a total of between 8-12 inches in the city.

Federal and local authorities have issued warnings to the population, advising them to be alert and to avoid unnecessary trips outside the house. In some areas, wind speeds have reached up to 95 mph with little to no visibility due to heavy snowfall.

Thousands of flights and schools canceled Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
New York City may face record snow fall Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered parts of New York City’s subways to be shut down and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will suspend above-ground services.

"It's going to be a dangerous, dangerous situation," Cuomo said. "I would only plan on travel if it's especially important tomorrow." 

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