Friday 22 September 2017

New snowstorm hits north-east US

Workers clear snow in New England (AP)
Workers clear snow in New England (AP)

A third major winter storm in less than two weeks has inflicted fresh snow - and misery - across parts of the north-eastern United States.

Some areas of Massachusetts had about a foot (30cm) of snow before dawn on Monday and the storm was expected to last all day.

The Boston area was expected to receive up to two feet (60cm) of snow through Tuesday while Hartford, Connecticut, Providence and Rhode Island could each get up to a foot.

Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker called the situation from the stream of storms "pretty much unprecedented" and he ordered non-emergency state employees to stay at home.

Boston's Logan International Airport was allowing only a limited amount of flights to arrive and depart on Monday so travellers were urged to check with their airlines.

Massachusetts emergency management officials said that snow-laden roofs collapsed in three cities. No injuries were reported.

WBZ-TV reported that the set of The Finest Hours - a Disney film about a coast guard rescue of crewmen aboard an oil tanker wrecked off Cape Cod during a 1952 blizzard - suffered a partial collapse at an old shipyard in the city of Quincy.

The movie, starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck, is scheduled to open next year.

The Amtrak railway cancelled portions of its passenger train service in upstate New York because of the storm.

Government officials yesterday announced that schools and municipal offices in many communities would be closed and that parking bans would be in effect. As accidents began to accumulate, drivers were warned to stay off the slick roads.

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