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17 Killed In Massive East Coast Snow Storm

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By Fox 40 News Staff.
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The giant snowstorm pummeling the East Coast caused 17 deaths Saturday and forced New York's governor to issue a road travel ban and to halt suburban trains and some city subway lines.

Three people in New York City died while shoveling snow in different parts of town, NYPD Chief of Department James O'Neill said Saturday afternoon.

Those incidents brought the death toll blamed on the weather to 17, the Associated Press reported.

He released no further details on the deaths. A police spokesman said the medical examiner's office will determine exactly how they died.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo enacted a travel ban that took effect at 2:30 p.m. Saturday for New York City and Long Island highways and roads. He said at 4 p.m. Saturday Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road would stop running, as well as city subways that run on elevated tracks.

Forecasters were predicting that the storm could be one of the worst in New York City history.

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