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Emergency declared: More than 100 million people in U.S. received winter warnings

Christian Fernsby |
New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia declared state of emergencies and cancel thousands of flights as winter storm Orlena starts dumping up to two feet of snow.

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More than 100 million people from the Midwest to the Northeast received winter weather warnings in anticipation of the powerful nor'easter.

By Sunday evening the powerful storm dumped about eight inches of snow in parts of Chicago and three to five inches in central Ohio.

As a result of the storm hundreds of car crashes have been reported and thousands of flights have been canceled in New York City.

The storm has now reached the East Coast where it will bring heavy snow, strong winds and freezing temperatures across New England, including Boston and Philadelphia.

By Sunday night Washington, DC, Baltimore and New York City already had snowfall and locals in Connecticut and New York were seen lining up at stores and clearing out shelves, stocking up on food, water, snow plows and shovels.

On Sunday night New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a state of emergency where all residents are urged to stay home. All non-essential travel was restricted at 6am Monday.

Heavy snow falling at an inch to 3 inches an hour was forecast for Monday in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

Orlena is predicted to bring blizzard-like conditions and drop between 18 to 24 inches of snow in New York City from Monday into Tuesday, coupled with wind gusts up to 45 to 55mph.