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US blizzard kills 1

One person died and hundreds of thousands are without power because of a severe blizzard.

A snow truck clears up snow on a US street during a blizzard. Picture: CNN

NEW YORK - A blizzard pummelled the Northeastern United States, killing at least one person, leaving hundreds of thousands without power and disrupting thousands of flights, media and officials said.

Forecasters warned of more heavy winds and snowfalls on Saturday, particularly near Boston, where up to 76 cm was expected in some areas, as well as in New York, Connecticut and Maine.

Winds reached 56 to 64 km per hour by Friday afternoon and forecasters expected gusts up to 96.5 km overnight.

The storm prompted the governors of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and Maine to declare states of emergency.

More than 160,000 lost power in Massachusetts, almost 200,000 in Rhode Island and 34,000 in Connecticut, according to local utilities.

The storm also posed a risk of flooding at high tide to areas still recovering from Superstorm Sandy last October.

"Many of the same communities that were inundated by Hurricane Sandy's tidal surge just about 100 days ago are likely to see some moderate coastal flooding this evening," said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

FLIGHTS FROM SOUTH AFRICA ON SCHEDULE

Meanwhile, Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) said flights from OR Tambo International Airport to New York are continuing as scheduled.

This comes after two South African Airways flights between Johannesbug and New York were cancelled due to the blizzard.

Acsa's Unathi Batyashe-Phyllis said only one flight was cancelled on Saturday morning.

"We only had one cancellation coming from the US this morning, but flights are departing as per schedule from OR Tambo international."

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