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Major Storm Wallops the Northeastern US


February 26, 2010 — Heavy snow and damaging winds cut power to thousands across the northeastern US.

For the third time this month, a major winter storm has brought cities across the US northeast to a virtual standstill.

Parts of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania have been buried in heavy snow. As a result, schools have been closed, roads have been shut down and hundreds of flights have been cancelled.

At least 650,000 people were without power this morning. Hydro crews are working around the clock to get everyone back online, but powerful winds, sleet and snow are hampering their efforts.

Power failures have been so extreme in New Hampshire that even the state Emergency Operations Center was operating on a generator. Gusty winds also helped spread a major fire in the state that destroyed an entire block of businesses.

In Philadelphia, a snow emergency was declared to get as many snow clearing truck as possible out on the roads.

And for the second time this month, New York City's Times Square was turned into a Winter Wonderland. By the time all is said and done, there could be 50 centimetres of snow on the ground. Mayor Mike Bloomberg declared a snow day for all public schools in the city.

Still, New Yorkers had some mixed reactions to this latest blast of winter.

'It's terrible. There's been snow every week,' said resident Richard Riccardi. 'I'm just looking to get forward to spring and then moving towards the summer.'

'It was great. I got up this morning at five. I woke up my son and I said please dig me out, you have no school today!' said resident Diana Boto.

The northeastern United States have seen record amounts of snow this winter. Earlier this month, back to back storms shut down the capital of Washington for almost a week.

Snow is forecast to continue falling throughout the rest of the day.

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