Five dead as blizzard batters New York City
One of the worst blizzards in 25 years swept across the city of New York today covering the streets in ten inches of snow. Outside the city districts, a reported 18 to 24 inches fell in some places.
Five people are known to have died as a result of the conditions and this number could rise if the weather continues. The storm has shut down the city's train lines which play a vital role in supplying the inhabitants with foodstuffs. Food shortages have been reported.
In an effort to restore the city to order 16,000 unemployed workers were given the task of clearing the streets but this has proved difficult with the continued snowfall. Clergymen have asked residents to remember the homeless during this period and have opened churches to provide shelter for those in need.
Strong gales have made it difficult for incoming liners to dock at port and some have been nearly turned over such was the strength of the winds.