Winter Storm Stella Freezes Life in US East Coast


More than 6,000 flights in the USA are canceled Tuesday as the Northeast gets pummeled. State of emergency declared in New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia. Schools are closed throughout the region. Top snow fall recorded so far in Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania (2 feet). A 16-year-old girl killed in car accident in New Hampshire – the 3rd weather-related death in this storm.

New York updates (source:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency Tuesday for all of New York’s 62 counties, including New York City. He also directed non-essential state employees to stay home. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman says 1,124 flights are canceled at LaGuardia Airport on Tuesday (Jan 14th) and about 200 passengers are stranded at Kennedy airport, where 757 flights are canceled. Newark Liberty International Airport has more than 1,000 flights canceled. Many airlines are allowing passengers to make a one-time change to their flights without a fee in many of its affected markets, including Newark, LaGuardia and JFK.

Limited Metro-North resumed at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The Long Island Rail Road is running normally. PATH and Amtrak are on modified schedules. The Staten Island Ferry is running about every half-hour, while East River Ferry service is suspended until Wednesday. Two homes under construction near the beach in the Far Rockaway section of Queens collapsed during the storm. No injuries were reported, the fire department told the AP.

Massachusetts updates
Gov. Charlie Baker encouraged motorists to stay off the roads and to take public transit only if absolutely necessary. He warned that fast snowfall rates will create hazardous driving conditions across the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is reporting more than 53,000 power outages, as of 2 pm EDT Tuesday. In Hingham, MA a family of four was displaced after a tree fell and smashed through the roof of their house, according to CBS Boston. No one was hurt in the incident.


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