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A worker pushes a snow blower down Lexington Avenue near Grand Central Terminal as it snows in the Manhattan borough of New York on Jan. 26, 2015. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

States ban travel as blizzard rocks Northeast

Nearly 30 million people were in the path of a historic blizzard Monday night as heavy snow and howling winds bore down on the East Coast, causing multiple states to declare emergencies and issue travel bans, airlines to preemptively cancel more than 6,000 flights, and bringing Boston and New York City to a virtual standstill. More than two feet of snow was expected to fall across parts of the Northeast, leading the governors of seven states – Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island – to declare states of emergency as the region braced for the worst of the storm to hit overnight Monday and Tuesday morning. Of those seven states, only New Hampshire and Pennsylvania had not issued travel bans Monday night. In New York City, a typically harried rush hour gave way to eerie quiet as the streets emptied in anticipation of the advancing blizzard. Stores closed and taxi services shut down as the storm intensified and a travel ban took effect.

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