January 23, 2016 - UNITED STATES - A huge snowstorm has struck the US East Coast, causing heavy floods and paralyzing cities with a record amount of snow. Governors of ten states have declared a state of emergency, with New York being among the latest. At least 14 deaths have been reported.
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.
Tidal flooding from the wind pushing the water onshore, 53rd & Haven in Ocean City NJ. #oceancity #newjersey pic.twitter.com/8rhexj6l06— Dan Leppold (@dolostone) January 23, 2016
Severe flooding at New Hampshire and Atlantic in Atlantic City. pic.twitter.com/Wsjdd4Z0n2— Jitney Guy (@JitneyGuy) January 23, 2016
North Wildwood says flooding crests at 9.4 feet, topping Hurricane Sandy. Here near Marina Bay Towers. #sjjonas pic.twitter.com/4f4cGgs8vp— Michael Miller (@ACPressMiller) January 23, 2016
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 #Pittsburgh pic.twitter.com/3JBqShpj8W— Dave DiCello (@DaveDiCello) January 23, 2016
The huge snowstorm, jokingly dubbed ‘Snowzilla’, paralyzed cities of the US East Coast with up to 30 inches (about 72 centimeter) of snow – the level registered in Terra Alta, West Virginia, USA Today reported.
WATCH: Huge snowstorm hits Washington D.C.
In Washington DC, the federal government closed its offices and the underground system has been suspended, CBS News reports.
“We need the public to listen, is to stay home and to stay off of the streets.
This is how #Arlington looks on Saturday morning #blizzard2016 #WashingtonDC #snowmaggedon2016 pic.twitter.com/jD3xnzEgis— Paulina Leonovich (@Polly_evro) January 23, 2016
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 https://t.co/X29DIYNi9n pic.twitter.com/lBrjqPNBEp— Eyewitness News (@ewnupdates) January 23, 2016
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. 14 people died in accidents across the country because of the storm. One more death – because of a heart attack – is reported in DC region.
WATCH: Heavy snowfall hits Arlington, D.C.
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. https://t.co/d19pmGPpRg pic.twitter.com/IzCWYbx1VX— Heather Hurley (@medevam) January 23, 2016
Snow blankets PNC Park in #Pittsburgh as a lone light illuminates the falling snow pic.twitter.com/HUr5pPdbCh— Dave DiCello (@DaveDiCello) January 23, 2016
Tian Tian woke up this morning to a lot of snow, and he was pretty excited about it. 🐼🌨 #blizzard2016 pic.twitter.com/GrhI9t1u7j— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) January 23, 2016
The storm was even photographed from space – but we are not sure US astronaut Scott Kelly feels like going down.
As #blizzard2016 passes over #Chicago, the #EastCoast seen in distance clearly has a long way to go. #YearInSpace pic.twitter.com/qMrkTXo9ie— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) January 23, 2016
Rare #thundersnow visible from @Space_Station in #blizzard2016! #Snowzilla #snowmaggedon2016 #YearInSpace pic.twitter.com/l3p6hjnJOq— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) January 23, 2016
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