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The First Winter Storm of 2014 Arives on the East Coast

A photo of New York City in the winter
A photo of New York City in the winter

Hercules, the first massive winter storm, arrived Jan2nd during the night. The storm brought huge amounts of snowfall and freezing temperatures. Some mayors declared a state of emergency and urged people to stay inside of their homes.

Massachusetts had the highest level of snowfall. Some of the towns had more than 23 inches of snow. The National Guard was on standby to assist because of the heavy snowfall.

The massive storm left many travelers stranded and it has led to at least 13 deaths. A woman suffering Alzheimer's disease froze to death after she wandered away from her home in New York. In Philadelphia, a worker at a salt storage facility was killed when a 100 foot tall pile of road salt fell and crushed him.

Meterologists followed the storm closely, so people would know what to expect. Thousands of flights were cancelled and delayed because of the storm. The wind also cause interstates to shut down and gave millions of school children a snow day.