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2016-01-25 10:22

LET IT BE: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio advised residents to leave their cars where they are if they can. Image: Rob Carr / AFP

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New York - About 68cm of snow fell in Central Park on Saturday - a one-day record for New York City.

A travel ban keeping non-emergency workers off the roads was lifted early Sunday. Transit officials expect a gradual return of service.

At least 18 people were killed.

Snowplow trap

The latest on the recovery efforts following the blizzard that slammed a large swath of the United States.

Authorities say a Pennsylvania man died after a passing snowplow trapped him inside his running car.

The Berks County coroner's office says 56-year-old David Perrotto died Saturday (Jan 23) night after he was found inside his car in Muhlenberg Township, about 80km northwest of Philadelphia.

Officials say Perrotto was apparently trying to dig out his car. Investigators believe he was either in the car to take a break or trying to pull out of the space when the plow came by and buried the car, blocking the exhaust and preventing him from getting out.

Another person trying to dig out their vehicle found Perrotto's running car.

Carbon monoxide poisoning 

A 23-year-old New Jersey mom and her year-old son have died of carbon monoxide poisoning while sitting in a running car with its tailpipe covered in snow.

Passaic police also say the woman's 3-year-old daughter has been sent to hospital and is in a "very critical condition."

Authorities say the woman's husband had been shoveling snow for about 20 minutes Saturday evening when he returned to the car and found his family unresponsive.

Their names have not been released.

Don't dig!

For all the New Yorkers facing the task of digging their parked cars out from piles of snow, Mayor Bill de Blasio has a message: Don't.

De Blasio says New York City residents should leave their cars where they are if they can. He doesn't want people to put the snow from their vehicles back into the streets while the city is trying to clear up from the blizzard.

The city has suspended some parking rules through Friday so people won't have to move their cars.

Driving ban lifted

Delaware Governor Jack Markell has lifted a driving ban he had imposed as a winter storm brought blizzard conditions to the mid-Atlantic region.

Markell says a state of emergency remains in effect. He urged residents to stay off the road unless they have a compelling reason to drive, so that snow plows could continue working without interference.

Emergency officials say there are no reports of major problems from flooding associated with the storm. Sunday morning's coastal high tide, the third of the storm period, did not cause any significant issues.

About 50 people were evacuated from the flood-prone Oak Orchard area Saturday.

500 cars stranded

A stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike where more than 500 vehicles were stranded at the height of the storm remains closed.

Turnpike officials hope to have traffic moving again by mid-afternoon Sunday.

Gov Tom Wolf says only 20 tractor-trailers remained on the closed stretch of the roadway in the western part of the state.

Wolf says the rigs' drivers voluntarily stayed with their trucks and were "all safe and ready to get going."

On Saturday, pockets of stopped traffic stretched back kilometers. Among the stranded were the Duquesne (doo-KAYN') University men's basketball team, the Temple University gymnastics squad and a church group from Indiana.




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