Swift Winter Storm Unleashes Snow and Snarls Travel in NY

039;Bomb Cyclone' batters eastern US energy power supply hit

Swift Winter Storm Unleashes Snow and Snarls Travel in NY

Morrone said gusts of 40 to 50 miles an hour could sweep parts of NY, especially southern Queens.

Ahead of that threat, snow plows and salt trucks were dispatched along streets and highways, and schools were closed through much of the region.

Winter storm warnings cover parts of 13 eastern states, while blizzard warnings blanket the US coast from North Carolina to ME, including New Jersey, Long Island and Boston.

Forecasters say New York City may see up to a foot of snow with similar or higher levels forecast for the whole of New England.

Weather experts are describing the storm as a "bomb cyclone", meaning a rapid drop in atmospheric pressure has caused hurricane-like conditions.

CNN reported that at least 16 people have died over the course of this week as a result of the storms.

As of 8:28 a.m., 3,000 flights around the USA were canceled with airports in New York, New Jersey and Boston hardest hit, according to FlightAware, a Houston-based airline tracking service. Travel disruptions affected Greyhound buses and Amtrak, which reduced or canceled service.

"We are going to get a decent snowfall out of this", said Carolan, referring to New England.

In New Jersey, Orlando Igmat's auto got stuck in a snowbank along the Garden State Parkway in Tinton Falls as he drove to work at Verizon. Flooding and blizzard conditions have also been experienced.

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

The storm also slammed the U.S. Southeast, dumping snow on Florida's capital, Tallahassee, for the first time in decades.

Federal government offices planned to delay opening for two hours on Thursday, while state officials in CT and MA ordered non-essential workers to stay home. New Jersey declared emergencies in Cape May, Atlantic, Ocean and Monmouth counties.

Florida, which was basking in temperatures ranging between 25 and 27 degree Celsius just a few days ago, will not be spared either.

State and local officials urged residents to prepare for possible power losses and stay home so crews can clear streets and roads of what could be as much as a foot or more of snow in some places.

That raised fears that people would be left without power and heat tomorrow and during the weekend when temperatures are forecast to drop sharply.

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.

While the storm caused disruptions and misery for many, Twitter was packed with videos and images of New Yorkers playing in the snow. It brought high winds and swift, heavy snowfall.

Schools in Boston and Baltimore canceled classes on Friday while NY opted to keep their schools open. According to Popular Science, "the "bombing" occurs when a low pressure system's central pressure falls 24 millibars in 24 hours or less".

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