Blizzard wrecks havoc in Northeast U.S.

08:22, December 28, 2010      

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Taxi drivers try to free their stranded vehicles after a blizzard in the New York City borough of Queens on Dec. 27, 2010. (Xinhua/Wang Chengyun)

A snow storm that swept through Northeast United States on Monday wrecked havoc for commuters and travelers, as the blizzard left airports closed, rail and highway travel in disarray.

The hardest hit was New York metropolis area. More than 1,400 flights out of the area's three major airports were canceled. John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia remained closed Monday, as did New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport. Normal service isn't expected to resume until Tuesday.

The blizzard also took a toll on the railway. Amtrak canceled train service from New York to Maine, after shutting down several trains in Virginia earlier. Limited service from Boston to New York's Penn Station resumed Monday morning, as did service between Boston and Maine. However, New York's Long Island Rail Road suspended service.

On the highways, bus companies canceled routes up and down the East Coast, as bus travel north from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia or New York was mostly canceled and drivers faced hazardous travel conditions, sometimes with visibility close to zero.

The blizzard blanketed many areas. People in New York's Brooklyn saw nearly two feet of snow, and Bethany Beach saw at least eight inches. The massive storms, however, mostly passed Washington by on Sunday, even as states north and south of the capital were engulfed by snow.

The National Weather Service predicted 12 to 20 inches of snow would fall on southern New England before the storm weakens later Monday. The storm was blamed for at least one death in Mount Olive Township, N.J., on Sunday evening. A driver was killed after slamming into a utility pole.

Source: Xinhua

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