A bulldozer clears snow on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol January 23, 2016 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong / Getty Images / AFP
Snowstorm ‘Jonas’ caused six meter waves, as well as hurricane-force winds with speeds of up to 120 kilometers per hour in the town of Rehobeth Beach, Delaware. Town beaches have overflowed. Water in Lewes – another Delaware city – rose to its second-highest record level, beating that witnessed during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Both Delaware and New Jersey’s governors as well as the heads of eight more states including Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia declared a state of emergency.
The suite was followed Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who declared a state of emergency for New York City as well as Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Putnam Counties.
A better look at all of the snow and ice covering the Allegheny River in
The huge snowstorm, jokingly dubbed ‘Snowzilla’, paralyzed cities of the US East Coast with up to 28 inches (about 71 centimeter) of snow – the level registered in Terra Alta, West Virginia, USA Today reported.
In Washington DC, the federal government closed its offices and the underground system has been suspended, CBS News reports.
Snow blankets PNC Park in
#Pittsburgh as a lone light illuminates the falling snow.
“We need the public to listen, is to stay home and to stay off of the streets. That includes people who are attempting to drive, but that also includes people who are walking,” Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said as cited by WAMU radio’s website.
Snow blankets Washington DC in potentially record-breaking storm.
In New Jersey 40,000 people suffered power cuts on Saturday according to CBS News.
The snowstorm also caused transport chaos across the East Coast states. Almost 1,000 car crashes were reported by Virginia police by late Friday.
Thirteen people died in accidents across the country because of the storm. One person died in Maryland and three in New York City while shoveling snow, and two others died of hypothermia in Virginia, acording to Reuters. One more death – because of a heart attack – is reported in DC region.
New York authorities are going to introduce a travel ban in the city, ABC News reports.
About 8,300 flights were canceled Friday and Saturday, as well as sporting events and band concerts, according to the USA Today.
People, however, do not fall into despair, sharing in the social networks with unusual photos and videos with streets full of snow, football stadiums covered with snow and even pandas playing in the snow.
So the icicles outside our window and the snow are definitely still happening.
The storm was even photographed from space – but we are not sure US astronaut Scott Kelly feels like going down.