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World Major storm to hit eastern US after dumping snow on capital

03:41  01 february  2021
03:41  01 february  2021 Source:   afp.com

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A powerful winter storm is expected to dump deep snow on parts of the northeastern United States that are home to major cities like New York, after blanketing the nation's capital on Sunday.

a tree covered in snow: The Washington Monument is seen from the snow-covered National Mall in Washington, DC on January 31, 2021 as the capital region is under a winter storm warning for an expected five or more inches (12.7 centimeters) of snow © Eva HAMBACH The Washington Monument is seen from the snow-covered National Mall in Washington, DC on January 31, 2021 as the capital region is under a winter storm warning for an expected five or more inches (12.7 centimeters) of snow

The National Weather Service issued storm warnings from Virginia to Maine -- home to tens of millions of people -- and predicted snowfalls of 18 and 24 inches (45-60 centimeters) in southern New York, northeastern New Jersey and parts of southwest Connecticut.

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a close up of a stuffed animal on top of a snow covered field: A snowman is seen on the National Mall in Washington, DC not far from the US Capitol on January 31, 2021 © Eva HAMBACH A snowman is seen on the National Mall in Washington, DC not far from the US Capitol on January 31, 2021

New Jersey governor Phil Murphy issued a state of emergency ahead of the storm's expected arrival Sunday night, giving authorities the ability to close roads, evacuate homes and commandeer equipment needed for public safety.

He also suspended all public transportation throughout the state on Monday, in anticipation of the storm's impact, and coordinated with utilities companies in case of power outages.

"Charge your devices, and if you experience a power outage -- report it immediately," he urged New Jersey residents on Twitter.


Video: Storm system to bring more snow, rain to eastern US, while California faces heavy precipitation (FOX News)

Météo France: 24 departments placed in orange vigilance this Saturday

 Météo France: 24 departments placed in orange vigilance this Saturday Météo France calls for caution in these departments © Loïc Venance / AFP People are walking in the wind during the passage of storm Alex, here in Quiberon, in the Morbihan. INTEMPERIES - Météo France calls for caution in these departments Due to rain, wind and snow, Météo France placed 24 departments in orange vigilance, this Saturday, for floods, waves-submersion and avalanches, announced the organization in its morning bulletin.

The storm, which hit California with more than six feet of snow and heavy rain last week, then moved on to the Midwest, dropping about eight inches of snow in Chicago, according to the NWS.

Snowfall started overnight Saturday to Sunday in Washington. A winter storm warning from the NWS predicted between three and five inches in the area around Washington and Baltimore, Maryland.

The storm is expected to continue in the region until Tuesday, capping off with a mixture of ice, sleet and freezing rain.

According to a White House official, President Joe Biden met with advisors Sunday to discuss "a range of issues, including the approaching winter storm," as well as Covid-19 vaccines and economic relief.

Meanwhile, Washington residents hurried outside to enjoy the snow, building snowmen and going sledding.

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More snow disruption as UK temperatures plummet .
Police warn people not to travel as conditions force some Covid vaccination centres to stay shut.Yellow warnings for snow cover much of England, Scotland, and parts of Northern Ireland until Wednesday.

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