Blizzard shuts down New York

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – A blizzard hit the Northeast of the USA. The National Weather Service warned of a “life-threatening blizzard” that could dump as much 76 cm of snow on parts of the region. It said winds could be up to 80 kph around New York City.

Shops ran short of everything from shovels and snowblowers to bread, water and other basic groceries.

“Please stay home,” New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told residents, ordering all but the most essential government workers in his state home from Monday afternoon until Wednesday at the earliest.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo banned travel from 11pm for all but emergency vehicles on roads in 13 counties, including New York City, suburban Westchester and Long Island, with the threat of a $300 fine for violators.

“If you are in your car and you are on any road, town, village, city, it doesn’t matter, after 11 o’clock, you will technically be committing a crime,” Cuomo said. “It could be a matter of life and death so caution is required.”

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