New York - Blizzards buried the north-eastern United States under record snowfalls yesterday, closing businesses and schools, stranding travellers and foiling plans to reopen the federal government.
Thirty inches (76 cm) fell in Philadelphia, almost 28 inches (71 cm) in Newark, New Jersey, and 18 inches (46 cm) in New York's Central Park, the National Weather Service said.
Washington looked like a ghost town as the storm accomplished what the long-running budget dispute between President Bill Clinton and the Republican- led Congress had failed to do - shut down the federal government entirely.
There were reports of at least 30 weather-related deaths. Some were due to traffic accidents, including one person struck by a snow plough in New Jersey.
A man in Maryland and two people in Delaware died while shovelling snow and one man in Delaware died after hitting his head in a snowmobile accident.
There were two deaths in Pennsylvania, and another three people were found dead out of doors in Philadelphia, but officials said they could not be sure whether they had died from exposure.
There was no mail delivery in New York, Washington, Boston and Philadelphia, and airports in Washington, Philadelphia, New York and Boston were closed. …