Eastern US braces for a deep freeze following massive storm

Firefighters scrambled to rescue motorists from flooded streets in Boston, National Guard troops were mobilised in the Northeast, and New York City's two main airports halted flights because of whiteout conditions, according to a report from the Reuters news agency on Thursday.

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

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

This storm has dumped freak snow on the Southeast, and all the way up the coast to ME, and delivered some blistering winds.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in New York City, Long Island and Westchester County.

More than a foot (30 cm) of snow was forecast for Boston and coastal areas in northern New England.

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

A "bomb cyclone" has hit northeast America - with severe weather conditions gripping parts of the US.

The National Weather service has also warned MA residents not to stand on icebergs as they float down the street, as flooding and cold temperatures create freaky occurrences. Growers spray water on the plants to help protect them from extreme cold temperatures.

Impromptu shelters and "warming areas" have been set up in many areas for those experiencing loss of power and burst water pipes.

Burlington County in central New Jersey, as well as Bergen County across from New York City had milder totals hovering around 5 inches, the site reported.

State officials said three of the deaths occurred in North Carolina and a fourth happened in SC, as the weather system barreled up the eastern coast. Sporadic delays were reported on transit systems, including New York's Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North commuter lines, as well as the Boston area's Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority system. Amtrak had cut back on train service between Boston and NY, according to a statement. "I promise you ... across most of MA it's going to look pretty rough out there", Baker said.

In the latest fatality blamed on the frigid weather, a driver slid off an icy road, killing a pedestrian, early on Friday (local time) in North Charleston, South Carolina, city officials said. But Ms Gillard said her commute typically goes "not that well" in inclement weather.

What is unique about this storm, though, is that it is developing so far south, Jackson said. American Airlines Group Inc. and Delta Air Lines Inc. have begun suspending flights at some eastern USA airports.

"Flights scheduled to resume at JFK Airport at 7 a.m. Friday, after today's suspension of operations due to exceedingly strong winds and blowing snow".

  • Leroy Wright