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    US East Coast Digs Out From Record-breaking Blizzard

    US East Coast Digs Out After Massive Blizzardi
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    Ramon Taylor
    January 25, 2016 1:01 AM
    The record-setting winter storm is over, but its aftermath is still paralyzing the U.S. East Coast, having left tens of thousands of people without power, and resulting in more than 10,000 flight cancellations over the weekend. As for the millions who hibernated in their homes over the weekend, the end of the blizzard means digging their way back to reality. Ramon Taylor reports.
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    It will be days before life returns to normal along the U.S. East Coast after a massive winter storm brought blizzards, floods, and record-shattering snowfall to tens of millions of people.

    The U.S. government is closed Monday for all but emergency employees as Washington digs out and recovers. The city's subway system will be running on a very limited schedule, making it impossible for thousands of federal employees to get to their offices.

    Schools in Washington and the surrounding suburbs are closed and scheduled flights are just starting to trickle in and out of the city's three airports.

    The U.S. Congress postponed several votes scheduled for Monday.

    WATCH: Blizzard Blankets US Capital

    Blizzard Blankets US Capitali
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    Arash Arabasadi
    January 24, 2016 1:17 AM
    One of the biggest winter storms ever to hit Washington has covered the northeastern United States with up to 50 centimeters of snow, and even more in some areas. More than 24 hours of continuous heavy snow, combined with below-freezing temperatures and gale-force winds shut down almost all transportation and commerce and forced most people to stay in their homes. VOA's Arash Arabasadi braved the blizzard to bring us this report from the U.S. capital.

    Mayors and governors from New York to the Gulf states are urging drivers to stay off the roads and give snowplows a chance to clear highways and small neighborhood side streets, and give emergency vehicles and power crews the right of way.

    The storm sent floodwaters with huge chunks of ice pouring down the main streets of coastal towns of New Jersey and into homes and businesses.

    At least 24 storm-related deaths have been reported, including from heart attacks suffered by people while shoveling snow.

    One man in Pennsylvania suffocated in his parked car with the motor running when a plow completely buried the vehicle with snow, blocking the exhaust pipe and filling the car with carbon monoxide.

    WATCH: Washington's Traditional Snowball Fight

    Washingtonians Hold Traditional Dupont Circle Snowball Fighti
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    January 25, 2016 12:01 AM
    Washingtonians Hold Traditional Dupont Circle Snowball Fight

    The huge storm moved up the Atlantic coast Friday and Saturday, bringing hurricane-force winds and tons of moisture from the warm Gulf of Mexico.

    It struck hardest in the Baltimore and Washington area - two cities that are not accustomed to violent winter storms.

    As much as 76 centimeters of snow was dumped on some of the Washington suburbs.

    Baltimore was hit with 74 centimeters, breaking the city's all-time record.

    New York's 68 centimeters was its second-largest snowfall since 1869 and 101 centimeters was recorded near Harper's Ferry, West Virginia.

    WATCH: Despite Blizzard, New York Locals, Tourists Come Out to Play

    Despite Blizzard, New York Locals, Tourists Come Out to Playi
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    Ramon Taylor
    January 24, 2016 1:02 AM
    Despite whiteout conditions in New York, accompanied by low visibility and wind gusts approaching 60 kilometers per hour, many of the city’s locals and tourists welcomed the first major snowstorm of the season. And those looking for winter fun only had to trudge as far as Manhattan’s massive Central Park. VOA's Ramon Taylor reports.

     

     

     

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