Heavy Snowstorm hits US – killing at least nine

An unusual snowstorm has hit the US East Coast, with some areas of Massachusetts seeing more than 27in (68cm) of snow.

The authorities stated that at least nine people have died in snow-related accidents. More than three million homes have lost their electricity supply from Maryland to Massachusetts - some residents may be without power for several days.

The snowfall eased on Sunday, as the storm headed north from Maine. It had worsened as it moved north, with states of emergency declared in New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and parts of New York.

Communities in western Massachusetts were among the hardest hit. Worcester, Massachusetts. Trees collected more snowfall as they have not yet shed leaves. A National Weather Service (NWS) statement said,Nantucket in Massachusetts experienced wind speeds of 69mph (111km/h)”.

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