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Snowstorm Nemo claims 4 deaths

At least four deaths are being blamed on Snowstorm Nemo, a massive blizzard that dropped up to three feet of snow on the northeastern United States and Canada as of Saturday.

A 74-year-old man was killed in Poughkeepsie, NY, after he was hit by a car. The 18-year-old driver said she lost control because of the snow based on Fox News report.

In southern Ontario, two other men were also killed in car accidents, and an 80-year-old woman collapsed while shoveling her driveway.

Reuters reported that more than 700,000 homes and businesses lost electricity due to the storm and more than 5,300 flights have been cancelled.

According to The Associated Press more than 38 inches of snow fell in parts of central Connecticut, while areas of southeastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire got at least 2 feet of snow, with more falling,

Nemo hit at the beginning of the weekend and has been blamed for a 19-car pileup in Cumberland, Maine, noted Fox. Hundreds of cars started getting stuck on New York’s Long Island Expressway Friday afternoon, with plenty still being helped by police Saturday.

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Blizzards over the weekend in New York and and Southern England

New England and New York are forecast to take the hardest hit as tens of millions of people face travel nightmares,widespread power outages and potentially record snowfall from the fierce blizzard on track to batter the Northeast this weekend.

The weather channel named the blizzard as ‘Nemo’.  The New York City metro area, home to three airports and 20 million residents in four states, is expected to see heavy snow, with as much as 12 inches possible in the metro area, according to AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. As of Friday morning, more than 3,000 flights have been cancelled.

The National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings for the entire New York City metro area, Long Island, all of Connecticut and Rhode Island, eastern Massachusetts and coastal sections of New Hampshire and Maine. Some parts of New England should see more than 2 feet of snow, and some coastal areas could see hurricane-force winds of up to 74 mph, the weather service says. New York city metro area could see up to 12 inches of snow.

Not everyone is panicked about the incoming storm. Ski resorts all over New England are excited about what could be the biggest snowfall of the season: “If I had a tail, it would be wagging,” says Stowe Mountain Resort spokesman Mike Colbourn. “Presidents (Day) week is next week, a big nor’easter – all of the stars are in alignment.”

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Metro Manila – 9 killed as heavy rains paralyzed the city

MANILA, Philippines – Nine (9) people, including three children, were killed while four others were injured Tuesday as continuous  heavy rains spawned by the southwest monsoon triggered a landslide in Quezon City. Emergency crews scrambled to save tens of thousands of residents, some of whom were stranded on the roofs of their inundated homes.

Six of the fatalities were identified as Jayson Baylon, 16, Jayvee Baylon, 20, Jissele Baylon, 7, Jonathan Castulo, 3, Junica Castulo, 3, Jessie Baylon, 24, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

The injured were identified as Kidskin Simbulan, 40, and Leslyn Simbulan, 19, NDRRMC said.

Up to forty six cities and municipalities in Regions 1, 3, 4-A and NCR have been affected by flooding, according to the latest report of NDRRMC.

As much as 541,498 people have been affected by the rains so far, it said.

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Philippines Gener Typhoon claimed 12 lives

MANILA, Philippines–Heavy rains brought by typhoon Gener has claimed 12 lives, most of them due to drowning, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Wednesday.

Four more fatalities were identified as: Mariel Manzo from San Agustin, Romblon who died after sustaining head injuries from a falling tree; Edna Ibanes, from Cajidiocan, Romblon who died after being hit by a tree; Prisca Pacyaya from Ampucao, Ilogin and Clinton Idio from Tublay, Benguet, who both died from landslide.

One Angelito Bicoy from Quezon was declared missing.

Those rescued were placed at 129.

At least 300,000 have been affected by rains spawned by the typhoon, the NDRRMC said.

Latest NDRRMC figures showed that 63,670 families or 303,941 persons were affected in Ilocos region, Cagayan, Central Luzon, Calabrzon, Mimaropa, Western and Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao,Soccskargen, Cordillera Administrative Region and National Capital Region.

Meanwhile, displaced families inside and outside evacuation centers are at 31,135 or 154,211 persons, according to NDRRMC.

A total of 28 roads and two bridges in Cagayan, Ilocos, Central Luzon, Western Visayas,Northern Mindanao, CAR and NCR were closed because of the typhoon.

Estimated cost of damages in Cagayan, Calabarzon and Western Visayas is estimated at P2million, the NDRRMC said.

Meanwhile, cost of assistance by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, local government units and non- government organizations in NCR, Ilocos, Cagayan, Central Luzon, Mimaropa, Calabarzon, CAR is about P2.5million, the NDRRMC said.

The DSWD Central Office also prepositioned P4.77million of standby funds, and P39.04million worth of relief supplies in affected areas.

Declared under state of calamity were Mabitac, Laguna; Bacoor, Tanza and Ternate in Cavite.

There arre 1,658 damaged houses, 658 of which were completely damaged.

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