Weather-related death toll rises to at least 18

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say three people have died while shoveling snow during the blizzard in New York City and two more died of hypothermia in Virginia, bringing weather-related deaths to at least 18.

The New York Police Department’s Chief of Department Jim O’Neill told reporters Saturday one person on Staten Island and two people in Queens died.

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

Spokeswoman Corinne Geller says the Office of the Virginia Chief Medical Examiner has confirmed that two deaths are the result of hypothermia. Those deaths occurred in Hampton and Wise County, in southwest Virginia.

State police did not release the names of the hypothermia victims or the time or circumstances of their deaths.

Snow is expected to keep falling until late Saturday or early Sunday morning.

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