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New York shuts down

New York shuts down

New York City and other areas in the north-east US have shut down as Winter Storm Juno is expected to dump as much as 90cm (36ins) of snow.

All non-emergency vehicles were banned in New York City from 23:00 on Monday (04:00 GMT Tuesday) and subway services were suspended.

An emergency has been declared in the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Some 60 million people may be affected.

In other developments:

  • 6,500 flights in and out of airports along the East Coast cancelled
  • Businesses and schools closed early on Monday
  • Schools not expected to reopen before Wednesday at the earliest
  • Boston is expected to bear the brunt of the storm

‘Matter of life and death’

The National Weather Service (NWS) earlier warned that a “potentially historic blizzard” was approaching the north-east.

Glenn Field of the NWS in Taunton, Massachusetts, told the BBC on Monday that the storm would be worse than previously thought.

Hurricane-force winds of up to 80 mph (130km/h) would batter Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, he said.

Pedestrians make their way through snow in New YorkThis could be one of the biggest storms in New York City’s history, meteorologists warn
A worker clears the pavement in New York's Times SquareEmergency workers have been in force in New York, clearing snow
LaGuardia Airport in New York City, 26 January 2015Thousands of flights have been cancelled
Shovels and bags in a shop in Woburn, MassachusettsShovels are now in high demand in many shops across the area
Loaves of bread sit on a sparse shelf of bread items at a grocery store in Port Washington, New York January 26, 2015. There are nearly empty shelves in some shops, as residents are stocking up on bread and other essentials
A man skis in Prospect Park, New York CityBut some have just been enjoying the snow, bringing out their skis and sledges

Mr Field said the heaviest snowfall would come in the early hours of Tuesday, with 15 inches expected between 01:00 and 05:00 (06:00-10:00 GMT), and 30 inches in total in parts of Massachusetts.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo warned residents against violating the driving ban in 13 southern counties of the state.

New York Mayor Bill De Blasio: “This storm… is going to pack a real punch”

“If you are in your car and you are on any road, town, village, city, it doesn’t matter, after 11 o’clock, you will technically be committing a crime.

“It could be a matter of life and death so caution is required,” the governor said.

Echoing his words, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio urged residents to stay out of the way of the 2,300 snowploughs clearing city streets.

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