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US East Coast’s blizzard kills at least 10

A massive blizzard in the US East Coast has claimed the lives of at least 10 people with officials warning there are still 85 million in its path in at least 20 states.

A woman was killed in Eastern Tennessee on Friday after her car slid off an icy road and went down a 300-foot embankment in Butler, officials said

Also in North Carolina, a 4-year-old boy lost his life Friday afternoon after the pickup truck carrying his family on Interstate 77 near Troutman lost control and slammed into a tow truck, according to State Highway Patrol Sgt. Michael Baker.

In addition, the storm claimed the life of a motorist in a crash on Interstate 95 in Johnston County, North Carolina.

A 60-year-old woman also died on Wednesday after her car hit an “extremely icy” patch near her home in Stokes County, North Carolina.

In neighboring Forsyth County, another 55-year-old woman was killed when she slid on an icy roadway, hitting a pickup truck head-on.

According to Weather Prediction Center, more than 2 feet of snow are expected for Washington, a foot to 18 inches for Philadelphia and eight inches to a foot in New York.

“We see this as a major storm. It has life and death implications. And all the residents of the District of Columbia should treat it that way,” Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser said.

The snowstorm, believed to rank near the top 10 to ever hit the region, caused the cancellation of more than 3,000 domestic flights on Friday and another 3,700 on Saturday.

The snow, which began spreading across more of the mid-Atlantic region on Friday evening, cut power for thousands of people.

The snowfall will continue into Sunday and could cause over $1 billion in damage, paralyzing the Eastern third of the US, weather service director Louis Uccellini said.

“It does have the potential to be an extremely dangerous storm that can affect more than 50 million people,” Uccellini said at the Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Md.

The federal government had announced earlier that its offices would be closing at noon Friday. White House spokesman Josh Earnest had said President Barack Obama would take shelter at the White House.

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