Life-threatening snowstorm in US leaves 120K homes without electricity

Washington: A massive snowstorm, which is expected to bring over 30 inches of snow, has hit most parts of the US East Coast leaving over 120,000 homes without electricity.

Georgia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Kentucky, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington D.C. have declared emergency due to the snowstorm, CNN reported.

More than 50 million people across more than a dozen states have been warned to stay at home as it moves north, BBC wrote.

The States most effected by the blizzard are North Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland, Virginia, Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York, in addition to Washington DC.

"We have a forecast that we did not had in 90 years. It has life-and-death implication, and all the residents of the District of Columbia should treat it that way," Washington DC Mayor Miriel E Bowser said, adding the District National Guard has been deployed for duty.

According to the National Weather Service, the blizzard is expected to last about 36 hours and leave more than two feet of snow in some places.

More than 7,600 flights for Friday through Sunday have been canceled and Dulles and D.C. metro airports have suspended operation till Sunday night, CNN added.

Virginia State Police has responded to more than 800 traffic accidents so far.

People are being advised to stay indoors and a number of places including places of worships have opened up their doors to shelter people.

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