US snowstorm clean-up begins

America will begin cleaning-up after snowstorm 'Nemo'. The blizzard killed at least nine people and left around half a million without power.

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Report: Largest clean-up 'in history' after US blizzard

The governor of New York has told NBC New York that the state is involved in one of the largest clean-up mobilisations in its history after a massive winter blizzard left it under two and half feet of snow

More than a third of all the state's snow-removal equipment was sent to the area, Governor Andrew Cuomo said. Almost 1,000 personnel and a total of close to 700 pieces of equipment, including more than 400 plow trucks and hundreds of snowblowers, trailers, and tow trucks, are being utilised.

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Report: US snowstorm kills 14

Fourteen people have died and about 345,000 homes and business were left without power, the Associated Press is reporting, as the north-east of the US and Canada were hit by a blizzard that dumped up to 3 ft of snow on the most densely populated part of the region.

Utility companies in some hard-hit New England states predicted that the storm could leave some customers in the dark until Monday at least. Most of the power outages took place in Massachusetts.

Clean up in the US begins following a winter blizzard which dumped up to 40 inches of snow with hurricane force winds. Credit: Reuters/Brian Snyder

US snowstorm 'Nemo' clean-up to begin

The north-east of America will start digging itself out of a blizzard that dumped around three feet of snow, killed at least nine people and left about half a million without power.

A man clears the snow in New York. Credit: Reuters

Airports have been reopened but roads throughout the region remain treacherous, according to state transportation departments.

The storm contributed to at least five deaths in Connecticut and two each in New York state and Boston, including an 11-year-old boy.

The boy suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning after he climbed into the family car to keep warm while his father cleared snow. The engine was running but the exhaust was blocked.

Blizzard hits north-east US, five dead

A record breaking blizzard hammered the north-eastern United States today, cutting power to 700,000 homes and businesses, shutting down travel and leaving at least five people dead.

The storm, that stretched from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic, has dumped more than 3 feet (90 cm) of snow across the region, the National Weather Service said.

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Boston transport stopped by heavy snow

The US state of Massachusetts had a driving ban in force in some areas after around two feet of snow fell.

A man pulls his son in a sled in Boston, Massachusetts Credit: REUTERS/Brian Snyder

In the meantime, residents are finding other ways to get around - by foot or sled!

People walk through snow covered streets in Copley Square during a blizzard in Boston, Massachusetts Credit: REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

US states hit by as much as a metre of snow

Some parts of north-east USA have been experiencing record snowfall including an astonishing 40 inches (1 metre) in Hamden, Connecticut.

Here are some of the latest "unofficial observations" gathered by the National Weather Service:

  • Hamden, Connecticut - 40 inches
  • Glastonbury, Connecticut - 33.5
  • Manchester, Connecticut - 32.0
  • Portland, Massachusetts - 31.9
  • New Boston, New Hampshire - 30.4
  • West Glocester, Rhode Island - 27.6

Report: Fumes kill boy keeping warm in car during US storm

An 11-year-old boy has died of carbon monoxide poisoning as he sat in a running car to keep warm, during a snowstorm that hit north east US, the Associated Press is reporting.

Boston Fire department spokesman Steve MacDonald said the boy was helping his father shovel the snow today but got cold, so his father started the car and the boy got inside.

Mr MacDonald said the car exhaust was covered by a snow bank, causing the fumes to collect in the vehicle.

When the boy was overcome by the fumes, his father went into respiratory arrest, and emergency workers took both to hospital. The boy was pronounced dead at the hospital. No names were released.

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