US struggles to recover from weekend blizzard

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Schools and courts were closed in many areas of the American north-east yesterday in the struggle to recover from a weekend blizzard that prompted states of emergency to be declared in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Jersey.

Schools and courts were closed in many areas of the American north-east yesterday in the struggle to recover from a weekend blizzard that prompted states of emergency to be declared in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Jersey.

The storm dumped more than 3ft of snow on Massachusetts, and drifts were piled up to the eaves of some one-storey buildings. Frustrated travellers waited for transportation after hundreds of airline flights were cancelled. Many transatlantic flights from Britain were also stopped.

Non-essential state workers in the eastern part of Massachusetts were asked to stay at home and Rhode Island's governor Don Carcieri closed all state and municipal offices on Monday. School closings were reported from Maine to parts of Virginia. At least 16 deaths were linked to the weather, three in Connecticut, three in Ohio, three in Wisconsin, two in Pennsylvania, and one each in Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Iowa and Massachusetts.

On Massachusetts' Nantucket island, where an 84mph wind gust was reported, the storm plunged the island into darkness until Sunday night. The island's fire department worked to reach to reach people at risk in areas cut off by drifts up to 6ft high.

The towns of Salem and Plymouth in eastern Massachusetts had 38ins of snow.

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