Abril 21, 2018

Winter Storm Rakes East Coast, Bringing Snow, Wind To Northeast

12 Enero 2018, 11:45 | Crisanna Felipe

A man walks across Boston Common Jan. 5 2018

A man walks across Boston Common Jan. 5 2018

More than 1,000 USA flights had been canceled early on Friday with New York's three major airports and Boston Logan International Airport seeing the most cancellations.

USA forecasters called the ongoing winter storm a "bomb cyclone" for its rapid and rare drop in atmospheric pressure.

At least 17 people have died as a result of the severe conditions from Texas to New England, including a 96-year-old woman with dementia who was found frozen in a playground in MI wearing only a dressing gown and slippers.

The severe weather has led the Foreign Office to update its advice to United Kingdom travellers in, or heading to, the region.

A woman walks down snow-covered Maverick Street in the East Boston neighborhood of Boston, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, as a huge winter storm roared up the East Coast with hurricane-force winds, heavy snow and coastal flooding. Schools in Newark, New Jersey, opened two hours later than usual.

Almost 500 members of the National Guard were activated to assist with the emergency response along the East Coast, including 200 in NY state, authorities said.

Blizzard conditions are also possible along much of New England's coastline, eastern Long Island and parts of New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia and North Carolina.

The Boston area received 12 inches of snow, with more on the way, according to the National Weather Service.

"There is a lot of potential for records being broken Friday and Saturday", said Gregg Gallina, a forecaster with the Weather Prediction Center.

The brutal cold comes after a "bomb cyclone" dumped more than a foot of snow across eight states, knocking out power for tens of thousands and deluging streets in MA with icy water.

Sunday morning should bring the coldest temperatures from Portland, Maine, to Washington, D.C.

More than 1,500 plows were deployed to clear the roads, but de Blasio said residents should not expect "to see pavement on the roads in the short term".

New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport Terminal 5 is blanketed by the white stuff.

"Both rush hours will be affected", the Boston mayor, Marty Walsh, earlier told a news conference.

Forecasters expect the storm to eventually hit the Northeast, all the way up to ME, a New York Times report said.

Many East Coast communities ordered drivers to stay off the roads and closed schools on Friday.

"Fortunately is located just off-shore, so we are not seeing the very worst of it", said Bob Henson, blogger at Weather Underground.

So far, a state of emergency has been declared for the states of Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida.

Despite being called a bomb cyclone, however, weather experts have been quick to reassure people that there is no actual bomb or explosions. He says the South won't be spared the cold weather, either. South Carolina Public Radio's Victoria Hansen says, "The last time Charleston saw so much snow was December 23, 1989 - a white Christmas just months after Hurricane Hugo caused so much damage". 35,000 customers in those areas went without power early this morning, mainly due to high winds and substantial snow fall.

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