Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

'Bomb cyclone' hits US East Coast, emergency declared in several states

'Bomb cyclone' hits US East Coast, emergency declared in several states

Four people were killed in North and SC after their vehicles ran off snow-covered roads, authorities said. He added that the cold temperatures can also be deadly.

"We are expecting some really cold temperatures and wind chills", Andrew Hagen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami said Wednesday night. About 30,000 customers in Virginia and North Carolina were deprived of electricity, according to CNN.

Schools in Boston and Baltimore canceled classes Friday while NY was open and Newark, New Jersey, schools were to open two hours late. Also known as the "Storm of the Century", that massive weather system brought huge snowfall totals, high winds and coastal flooding to the Eastern part of the United States.

Almost 500 members of the National Guard were activated along the East Coast to assist with emergency response, including 200 in NY state, the U.S. Department of Defense said in a statement.

The National Guard deployed about 500 personnel along the coast, according to a statement. Coastal areas in the northeast.

Snow at Charleston International Airport in SC, the most it has seen in three decades.

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"We just had a couple of fatalities in North Carolina of people out on the roads and their trucks slid of the roads", he said.

Ankle deep snow and wind gusts approaching 50mph covered Maryland's Ocean City Boardwalk, which was under a blizzard warning on Thursday.

A 3-foot (0.9-metre) tidal surge flooded the area around Boston's historic Long Wharf with icy seawater.

Up to 18 inches of snow was expected in eastern New England. Strong, damaging winds, possibly up to 50 miles per hour, are expected to bring down trees and power lines in the northeast, but the most extreme conditions are expected to stay off the coast.

"Anticipate travel and economic impacts today and tonight with accumulating snow and white-out conditions".

"Virginians living in the impacted areas should stay off the roadways to allow local and state road crews and first responders to do their jobs safely and efficiently", he said.

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Boston's Logan International Airport was among those affected, along with Newark Liberty International in New Jersey, according to the website.

The airline-tracking site FlightAware reported more than 3,200 cancelled flights within, into, or out of the United States on Thursday morning. 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.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency in response to the impending storm on Wednesday afternoon and urged Virginians to prepare.

Even more southern locations didn't escape the cold; the mercury dipped into the single digits in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., during the weekend, about 20 degrees below normal for this time of year. The city tweeted that snow fell there for the first time in 28 years.

Senators had only returned to the upper chamber Wednesday, facing a series of critical votes in the coming weeks, including on funding to prevent a government shutdown and spending cuts.

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