Officials: 3 New Yorkers die shoveling snow during blizzard

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NEW YORK (AP) — Officials say three people have died while shoveling snow during the blizzard in New York City.

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.

Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH’-zee-oh) urged New Yorkers to only shovel snow if they are healthy enough to do so.

More than 19 inches of snow have fallen in Central Park. De Blasio says forecasters predict between 24 and 28 total inches before the storm is done.

Officials say emergency workers and firefighters have so far responded to about 3,000 911 calls for assistance during the storm.

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