Storm strands buses, planes, trains on East Coast

NEW YORK (AP) - A powerful blizzard has halted traffic at major airports and rail lines on the East Coast for a second day and stranded buses on buried highways.

Officials are urging anyone who does not have to drive to stay off roads in the region. More than two feet of snow had fallen in some areas by Monday morning.  The New York area took the brunt of a storm that meandered across the country over the Christmas weekend before plowing up the East Coast.

States of emergency were declared in at least six states from the Carolinas on north.  In New York City, some subway passengers were stranded for hours on trains that broke down overnight and finally pulled into a station by midday Monday.  Wind gusts as high as 80 mph have knocked out power to thousands throughout the region.

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