Snowfall and freezing rain, rare in this season, killed three people and caused major disruptions in transportation on the East Coast of the U.S. and 2 million people without electricity, according to several sources.
Meteorological services provide that the snowstorm “historically early” accompanied by temperatures below zero Celsius and winds of up to 100 km / h on Sunday.
One person died in Connecticut in a traffic accident due to ice, another was electrocuted by a downed power line down in Massachusetts and last one was killed by a falling tree under the weight of snow in Pennsylvania, reported local media.
About 30 inches of snow fell in parts of Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Jersey, and up to 25 cm were expected in Manhattan, the heart of New York, which had not experienced such weather in October since for decades.
Delays and cancellations at airports
The airports of New York and Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) had delays of several hours and suspension of flights caused by snow premature.
State of Emergency
The Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, announced that it declared a state of emergency because of “severe weather”.
Rail traffic recording of “significant delays” and cancellations due to fallen trees fallen on the tracks, the Governor said.
Nearly 500000 customers were without power in New Jersey alone, he said. About 2 million people in the north-east coast suffered of power cuts, reported MSNBC.