Tuesday, 16 January, 2018

USA east coast set to shiver on amid sub-zero temperatures

A thin layer of ice covers ornamental plants on January 4 in Plant City Florida. Temperatures in central Florida dipped to below freezing. Growers spray water on the plants to help protect them from extreme cold Bomb Cyclone update: Snow tapers off but Northeast still dealing with cold, icy streets
Anna Jefferson | 12 January, 2018, 22:57

The storm that swept in on Thursday with gusts of more than 113 km per hour, dumped 56 cms of snow in parts of ME and 43 cm in parts of MA, before ending on Friday, the National Weather Service said.

Millions were experiencing frigid wind chills this weekend, from the Great Lakes to New England.

Forecasters predicted strong winds and record-breaking cold air to hang around through the weekend.

Wind chill is the perceived temperature that people and animals feel when exposed to the elements.

It's the perceived temperature that people and animals feel when exposed to the elements. Some said their cars felt like icebox even though they had the heat on full blast.

In Massachusetts, a worker suffered cardiac arrest and died Friday while clearing snow at a Massachusetts Water Resources Authority facility.

Saturday's cold snap has been called unsafe because it will make it easier for people to experience hypothermia and frostbite.

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And in Hartford, Connecticut, a brutal cold of minus 12 degrees yielded a wind chill of minus 28C. The weather service noted that the wind chills in question could cause frostbite in as little as 10 minutes to exposed skin and that winds gusting as high as 40 miles per hour could cause areas of blowing and drifting snow.

At least 19 people have died this week because of severe weather, officials said.

Six deaths were reported in Wisconsin, four in Texas, three in North Carolina, and one each in Michigan, Missouri and North Dakota. The man, 60, was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, Ryan said. A Meals on Wheels driver found his body lying in front of his wheelchair on the porch of the man's home.

In one of the latest fatalities attributed to the weather, a auto slid off an icy road, killing a pedestrian early on Friday in North Charleston in the southeastern USA state of SC, city officials said. "The sustained cold is requiring round-the-clock usage of some of these oil-fired generators, and some are already running short on fuel", an ISO New England spokesperson told the Times. Waves from the sea washed into Boston streets.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirmed Friday that water levels in Boston broke the record set during a massive blizzard in 1978.

The storm that delivered the wintry deluge has battered coastal communities in MA. First responders braved the frigid waters using rubber rescue boats and high-water vehicles.

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