Teenager Dies Snow-Tubing In US Winter Storm

A teenager has died in New York as he crashed into a lamppost while snow-tubing amid a huge storm in the northeast US.Sean Urda, 17, was pronounced dead in hospital after the collision while riding an inner tube on Long Island on Monday night.

He was the first reported victim of the storm which has dumped nearly three feet of snow (91cm) in parts of the region, where many schools and offices are closed.

Winter Storm Juno failed to live up to dire predictions in New York City, but has caused major disruption in New England.

Travel was snarled for millions, with more than 7,700 flights cancelled at US airports, according to FlightAware.com.

A blizzard warning remained in effect for much of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, while Maine and New Hampshire declared a state of emergency.

The heaviest snowfall was recorded outside Boston, with 32.5in (83 cm) in Auburn, Massachusetts.

But authorities in New York City, which saw as little as 4in of snow, have denied overreacting to the storm.

A day after shutting down the subway and warning people to brace for one of the largest blizzards in the city’s history, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said they had “dodged the bullet”.

The governors of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut have now lifted travel bans imposed in those states.

On Monday, Broadway went dark, major concert halls cancelled events and NBA games were postponed.

The United Nations headquarters, schools, museums and numerous shops and restaurants remained closed on Tuesday.

But the New York Stock Exchange was operating as normal.

Even as the worst predictions failed to materialise, the storm wreaked havoc elsewhere in the region.

Some 46,000 households were without power along the coast of Massachusetts, including on Nantucket Island, where winds as high as 78mph (126kph) were recorded.

High tides breached a seawall in Marshfield, Massachusetts, about 30 miles (50 km) south of Boston, damaging nearly a dozen homes.

In Boston, the blizzard halted jury selection on Tuesday in the trial of suspected Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Someone in a yeti suit caused amusement on social media after being photographed roaming the streets of Boston.

In the lead-up to the storm, shoppers stocking up on food elbowed one another for what was left on supermarket shelves.

Amtrak suspended rail service on Tuesday between New York and Boston, and into New York state, Vermont, Massachusetts and Maine.

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