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Blizzard paralyses north-east US and Atlantic Canada

A major snowstorm has brought swathes of the north-eastern US and eastern Canada to a standstill, leaving about half a million homes without power.

High winds and blizzard conditions have emptied the centre of Boston and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has banned all non-essential traffic.

Millions of people across New England have been warned to stay indoors. The region’s airports are closed.

Many areas are under two feet (60cm) of snow and more snowfalls are expected.

Blizzard warnings are in effect for much of the coastal section of the north-eastern US, from Newark, New Jersey to southern Maine.

Forecasters said the storm, which began on Friday, could dump as much as three feet in some places.

People have been warned to stock up on food and other supplies as the storm affects 25 million people in the region.

More than 600,000 homes and businesses are without power in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Boston’s Financial District was deserted early on Saturday – as were many streets across the region.

“This is a storm of major proportions,” warned Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. “Stay off the roads. Stay home.”

Snow piled up so high in places that many residents found that they could not open their doors to leave their homes on Saturday, the Associated Press news agency reports.

The town of Gorham, Maine, was buried under more than 31in (78 cm) of snow. Town council chairman Philip Gagnon told Reuters news agency that many roads would not be cleared until Sunday or Monday.

Read full story on BBC News

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Last updated October 26, 2016 at 10:54 PM
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