Winter storm buries parts of US northeast

Saturday 15 February 2014 18.06
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Views of the White House in Washington
Views of the White House in Washington
People walk past a pile of snow in Times Square in New York City
People walk past a pile of snow in Times Square in New York City
Barack Obama visited drought-hit areas of California yesterday
Barack Obama visited drought-hit areas of California yesterday

People across the north eastern United States are coping with the impact from a massive snowstorm that hit earlier this week.
 
The storm has dumped snow all the way from the south up the east coast of the United States.

Schools have been closed, flights cancelled, and some government offices have been forced to close.

Local reports say at least 14 people were killed in the snowstorm and at least half a million homes and businesses have lost power.

A new storm system is on its way and expected to bring another 7cm of snow to the east coast later today and tonight.

Hundreds of thousands of people are still without power across the south as power lines collapsed due to heavy snow and ice.

Several major road junctions in cities on the east coast were closed as a result of accidents and pile-ups.

The heavy snow this winter has depleted US stocks of road salt, and Connecticut, hit by 12 storms, requested federal assistance to help make up its shortfall.

Elsewhere, US President Obama has promised federal aid for California which is experiencing its first drought in 100 years.

Mr Obama visited the state yesterday and pledged to help, but he said it is going to be a "very challenging situation" to deal with this year.