Man dies after falling in swimming pool, drowning while shoveling snow during blizzard on Long Island, New York

CUTCHOGUE, NY – An elderly man who drowned after falling in a swimming pool was one of three people who died shoveling snow on Long Island, New York, during Saturday’s powerful snowstorm.

Officials said police pulled the unconscious man out of a pool in Cutchogue around 8:30 a.m. and began CPR. He was taken to a local hospital and later pronounced dead.

Additionally, two men, aged 75 and 53, died while shoveling snow in Syosset in separate incidents. Officials said the 75-year-old man collapsed, and the 53-year-old was found unresponsive while lying on his back with a shovel by his side.

A powerful storm with strong winds battered much of the East Coast on Saturday, dumping heavy snow that made travel difficult or impossible, flooded shorelines and threatened to leave the cold behind. freezing after that.

The storm hit parts of 10 states, with blizzard warnings extending from Virginia to Maine. Philadelphia and New York see plenty of wind and snow, but Boston is within the boundaries. The city set the record for the heaviest snowfall in a single day, with 23.6 inches, the National Weather Service said.

The National Weather Service considers a storm a blizzard if it has heavy snowfall or snow, as well as winds of at least 35 mph (56 km/h) that reduce visibility to a quarter of a mile or less. for at least three hours. In many areas, Saturday’s storm met those criteria.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul advised people to stay home and warned of sub-zero winds after the storm passed. The state declared a state of emergency Friday night.

“This is a very severe, very severe storm. We are prepared for this. This can be life-threatening,” Hochul said. “It’s high winds, heavy snow, blizzard conditions – all elements of a classic roller coaster.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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