US Northeast pounded by heavy snowAssociated Press . Philadelphia
A new storm paralysed the US Northeast with heavy snow and sleet, while hundreds of thousands across the ice-encrusted South waited in the cold for the electricity to come back on.
At least 21 deaths were blamed on the treacherous weather, including that of a pregnant woman struck by a snowplow in a New York City parking lot as she loaded groceries into her car.
The sloppy mix of snow and face-stinging sleet grounded more than 6,500 flights Thursday. On Friday, the number of flight cancellations dropped to about 1,110 nationwide.
About 1.2 million homes and businesses lost power as the storm moved from the South through the Northeast. About 550,000 customers remained in the dark, mostly in South Carolina and Georgia.
Many schools remained closed in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York state, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Virginia.
‘Every time it snows, it’s like, ‘Oh, not again,’’ said Randal DeIvernois of New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, which had about 10 inches of snow. ‘I didn’t get this much snow when I lived in Colorado.’
Washington, D.C., residents received 9 inches (23 centimetres) of snow, New York City received nearly 10 inches (25 centimetres), and parts of New Jersey had more than 11 inches (28 centimetres).
In New York, a woman named Min Lin died after she was struck by a utility vehicle with a snowplow in Brooklyn. Her nearly full-term baby was delivered in critical condition via cesarean section.
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