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One death, traffic crashes, closed schools, delays in public transport, cancelled flights and crowded streets of snow was the scene which New York and other cities faced as a result of the storm that affects the east coast of the United States.

The first known victim of the snowfall was a porter, identified as Miguel Angel Gonzalez, who while cleaning snow from access to a building in New York slipped and fell on his back.

Gonzalez, who resided in neighboring Connecticut, died of wounds.

Residents of the Big Apple spent a day with almost summer temperatures, about 16 degrees Celsius, which many took to wear light clothes, at dawn with white streets, snow-covered and with the city working under the “blue code”, which activates the emergency services of public agencies.

Closed schools

All colleges and the Public University of the City (CUNY) cancelled their classes and some non-essential public employees were allowed to stay at home.

“I want to stress to all people from New York, stay at your home if you can. Don’t go out if they haven’t to do it. If they have to do it, please, don’t use car because we have to leave Sanitation Department to clear the roads”, Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, said.

It is expected that throughout the day the storm will leave a snow accumulation of between 25 and 45 centimeters in the northeast coast, being New York, Philadelphia and Boston the great cities more affected.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged the public to “take extreme precautions” and avoid unnecessary travel during these dangerous weather conditions.

Some state counties have declared a state of emergency that prohibits traffic on their streets, except as necessary..

In the city, where an accumulation of up to 30 centimeters of snow is expected, 2,400 workers of the Sanitation Department and 1,600 snowplows have been mobilized to clean the streets, particularly the access roads to hospitals.


Besides, the Police have had to contend with dozens of traffic accidents because of poor visibility.

The winter storm has failed to paralyze the city that never sleeps, but it has made it difficult for the public to move and some streets and downtown places like the ever-congested Times Square were almost deserted.

In total, more than 3,800 flights have been cancelled due to the storm, which has affected 50 million people.

In New Jersey, schools were also closed, dozens of road accidents have been reported, speed in roads and freeways have been slowed down, and Governor Chris Christie has called for non-essential public employees to stay at home.

In Boston and Philadelphia, the landscape was no different with suspended classes and significant accumulations of snow.

New York, February 9, 2017, EFE/Practica Español

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Se reanuda el tráfico aéreo en los principales aeropuertos de EE.UU.
Habrá una gran nevada en EE.UU.
El mal tiempo ha afectado al tráfico tanto aéreo como terrestre en EE.UU.
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La nevada obligó a muchas personas a permanecer en casa.
Muchas personas fueron evacuadas por culpa de la nevada.
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Hubo clases a pesar del temporal de nieve.
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La tormenta de nieve irá disminuyendo de forma progresiva.
El temporal de nieve continuará hasta la semana que viene.
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