US House Speaker Paul Ryan on snowstorm death of Capitol officer: 'During his 20 years in the force, Officer Alston set an example of devotion and professionalism that we should all strive to follow. Our prayers are with his family and fellow officers, who are truly our finest. We stand ready to support them in this time of anguish' - NBC News
Editor's note: While snowfall from the blizzard impacting the U.S. East Coast has decreased, a final band of snow is expected to impact New Jersey, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Northeastern Maryland until shortly after midnight ET, the National Weather Service reports. Flooding in New Jersey and Delaware remains a problem as high tide approaches. Most travel bans in the region are expected to expire around mid-Sunday morning. Air travel in the region will continue to be impacted Sunday as many flights have cancelled and Washington, DC's Regan and Dulles airports are expected to remain closed for snow removal. - Jimmy
Editor's note: A blizzard continues to grip the eastern part of the US, where at least 13 weather-related deaths have been reported, according to NBC News. New York City is under a travel ban, and service along railroads and outdoor subway stations have been suspended. Widespread storm-related flooding is also reported in southern New Jersey and Delaware, where the next high tide is expected increase coastal flooding levels. The National Guard have been responding to thousands of drivers and passengers stranded in vehicles along the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Parts of West Virginia have also reported more than 40 inches of snow, as states including Virginia and Maryland are also reporting new top snowfall totals, according to the Weather Channel. The blizzard is expected to continue into early Sunday. - Shelley
Delaware (/ˈdɛləwɛər/) is one of the Mid-Atlantic states located in the Northeast megalopolis region of the United States. It is bordered to the south and west by Maryland, to the northeast by New Jersey, and to the north by Pennsylvania. The state takes its name from Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr, an English nobleman and Virginia's first colonial governor, after whom what is now called Cape Henlopen was originally named.
Delaware is in the northeastern portion of the Delmarva Peninsula and is the second smallest, the sixth least populous, but the sixth most densely populated of the 50 United States. Delaware is divided into three counties, the lowest number of counties of any state. From north to south, the three counties are New Castle, Kent, and Sussex. While the southern two counties have historically been predominantly agricultural, New Castle County has been more industrialized.
Before its coastline was explored by Europeans in the 16th century, Delaware was inhabited by several groups of Native Americans, including the Lenape in the north and Nanticoke in the south. It was initially colonized by Dutch traders at Zwaanendael, near the present town of Lewes, in 1631. Delaware was one of the 13 colonies participating in the American Revolution and on December 7, 1787, became the first state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, thereby becoming known as The First State.