Intense cold spell grips US Northeast, leaving 18 dead

Intense cold spell grips US Northeast, leaving 18 dead

Intense cold spell grips US Northeast, leaving 18 dead

The storm has resulted in thousands of cancelled flights at major airports such as Boston's Logan International Airport and New York's LaGuardia Airport and disrupted the schedules at regional airports.

"The formation of this rapidly strengthening weather system is a process called bombogenesis, which creates what is known as a bomb cyclone".

While some people complain about the extreme storm which caused travel chaos and at least 11 deaths in the United States, some are having fun in their first snow in over two decades.

A powerful winter storm is blasting the Northeast with hurricane-force winds after delivering a mix of sleet, snow and freezing rain to the Southeast.

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Snowfall in Boston should let up this evening, while the areas surrounding New York City should get some relief by midnight, meteorologists said.

National Weather Service offices in Raleigh and Morehead City, N.C., continued to up the amount of snow forecast throughout Wednesday, adjusting the forecast to take into account heavy snowfall to the west, The News Observer reported. Conditions were expected to improve after 5 p.m. Boston schools were closed Thursday and Friday.

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Blizzard warnings and states of emergencies have been declared, some areas experienced gusts of winds up to 76 miles per hour.

A millibar is the measurement of atmospheric pressure, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

High tides also caused flooding in parts of coastal MA, with seawater rising near buildings, including a hotel and along Boston's historic Long Wharf, a popular tourist attraction. In addition, the vast majority of other eastern states are in the midst of bone chilling cold, with some temperatures at below -10F. While these storms aren't particularly considered rare, the sheer intensity of this one is puzzling scientists.

"The MBTA is always going to have problems because so much of its track is outdoors", said Mitchell Moss, a professor of urban policy and planning at New York University who is an expert on transit issues. It includes a unsafe mix of snow, thunderstorms, and winds of up to 80 miles per hour, and states up and down the Eastern Seaboard have braced for blizzard conditions.

Shelters were open as officials anxious about power outages leaving people without any heat.

Officials closed the runways at La Guardia and Kennedy Airports in NY and canceled almost three-quarters of the day's schedule at Newark Liberty International in New Jersey.

While a "bomb" may sound like a made-up media word, it is actually a defined meteorological term.

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