New York - suffering from its worst winter in history - was stricken Feb 3 by a 28-hour blizzard that by the next day had deposited 17.4 inches of snow on the city and caused an estimated 100 deaths.
GV Blizzard in New York
CU Woman through snow
TV Train along track
3 shots..deserted coaches in snow
4 shots..snowbound cars
2 GV's..snowbound streets
TRAVEL SHOT..in car, snowbound streets
2 shots..ships in Hudson River
SV Snowbound cars
SEQUENCE SHOTS..snow ploughs at work
SHOTS..of boys playing with dog in snow
SEQUENCE SHOTS..people practising on skis in Central Park
EDITORS SEE ALSO PROD 0868 on AFTERMATH OF SNOW-STORM.
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Background: New York - suffering from its worst winter in history - was stricken Feb 3 by a 28-hour blizzard that by the next day had deposited 17.4 inches of snow on the city and caused an estimated 100 deaths. It was the heaviest fall since a record 26.4 inches on December 26, 1947.
Gale-force winds rose in some areas to 75 miles-per-hour and thousands of cars and buses were buried so completely that their location was only indicated by slight mounds in the snow. Drifts were 30 feet high in many places. Every form of public transport was out of action or cancelled.
In a television broadcast, Mayor Wagner of New York declared a state of emergency and pleaded for volunteers to augment 1200 sanitation department workers who had been clearing the streets with some 2500 machines.
He also ordered all private traffic off the streets - the first time in history that this had happened.
Electricity failed in the suburbs. Idlewild and La Guardia airports cancelled their 800 daily flights, and the Pennsylvania Railroad stopped its Northbound trains at Washington or Philadelphia. Many small ships in New York harbour were icebound.
There was a lighter side however for many in Central Park where ski practice was in full swing.