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Friday 28 July 2017

'Historic and life threatening' blizzard forces Taoiseach to travel by train to Washington in order to make Trump meeting

Enda Kenny may have to cut his US trip short as 22 inches of snow predicted to fall today
Enda Kenny may have to cut his US trip short as 22 inches of snow predicted to fall today
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been forced to pull out of an event honouring John F Kennedy ahead of what is being described as an "historic and life threatening" blizzard.

Up to 22 inches of snow are predicted for parts of the east coast in the coming hours, with thousands of flights already cancelled.

Authorities are warning of power outages and asking people not to make unnecessary travel.

In Boston where the Taoiseach has a series of engagements today and tomorrow temperatures are already as low as -10C.

This morning Mr Kenny met with the city mayor Marty Walsh and and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

He was due to attend a public forum to mark the 100th anniversary of JFK’s birth this evening - but the event has now been cancelled "due to the impending snowstorm".

The JFK Library said the forum will not be rescheduled. 

Tomorrow Mr Kenny was due to travel to Providence in Rhode Island for a number of meeting including one with Norwegian Airlines.

However, it has now been decided that he will get a seven hour train to Washington tonight in order to be in the city for Thursday's meeting with US President Donald Trump.

Forecasters say the storm will hit in the early hours of Tuesday with continuous snow for most of the day. High winds are expected to cause make roads treacherous.

Airlines have cancelled 3,000 flights in anticipation of a crippling whiteout.

Mr Kenny is due to spend St Patrick's Day in New York before returning home.

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