At least 11 dead from cold in US


MNA International Desk: At least 11 people died of cold in the United States as a prolonged stretch of strikingly bitter cold enveloped much of the country and buried some places under a record amount of snow even as a powerful winter storm was forecast to hit the eastern US.

The bombogenesis—an area of low pressure that drops significantly in 24 hours—will result in what’s known as a ‘bomb cyclone’. And the bomb cyclone, expected to strike on Thursday, will likely dump 6 to 12 inches of snow in New England, which will be driven by 64 to 96 kmph wind gusts, CNN reported.

Months after a busy hurricane season, the storm was expected to bring frigid wind, freezing rain and even snow to the South, said the National Weather Service (NWS).

It warned of hazardous travel conditions, including limited visibility and icy roads. Forecasters expect the storm to eventually hit the Northeast, all the way up to Maine, a New York Times report said.

Freezing rain, sleet and snow were expected to smother parts of the Southeast on Wednesday.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal issued a state of emergency on Tuesday for 28 coastal counties ahead of the storm, reported news agency.

The US was not alone in its winter misery. Hurricane-force winds of Storm Eleanor battered the western shores of the United Kingdom and Ireland. The UK’s weather service, the Met Office, said the storm was expected to bring gusts of up to 90 mph to parts of Britain.