What is a bomb cyclone? The weather condition blasting the US

The storm, dubbed "Winter Storm Grayson", will be similar in size and strength to a hurricane.

The flooding sent large trash containers floating down Boston streets, forced the shutdown of a subway station as water cascaded down the steps and prompted rescues of people trapped in cars and homes by rapidly rising waters in several MA communities.

As the storm moves north into Canada, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia could get pummeled with heavy snow, high winds and damaging surf, according to Environment Canada.

Several bomb cyclones have hit headlines in recent years, with the latest bringing freak snow, high winds and bitter temperatures. The extreme cold has caused portions of Niagra Falls to freeze over, and has proven to be a hard factor to deal with for emergency services across these states.

Late on Wednesday night, a baggage vehicle and two sleeper cars on an Amtrak train travelling from Miami to NY, with 311 passengers onboard, derailed as it was slowly backing into a station in Savannah, Georgia.

In New York and Philadelphia, temperatures are expected to dip to 3 degrees this weekend.

Between 8 and 16 inches of snow fell, he said. "We are seeing some historic temperatures and everyone will be vulnerable", she said as she stocked up on milk, vegetables and juice at a supermarket Friday morning.

With nearly all flights out of Boston Logan (BOS) cancelled today, and more than 90 percent of flights at New York's La Guardia Airport (LGA) canceled, the Northeast U.S. will likely be the hardest-hit region.

The GFS computer model forecasts a storm center at 983 millibars at 7
The GFS computer model forecasts a storm center at 983 millibars at 7

They include the Delmarva Peninsula, which includes parts of Delaware, Virginia and Maryland; coastal New Jersey; eastern Long Island, New York; and coastal eastern New England.

The "bomb cyclone" has affected Americans' life badly, but meteorologists have pointed out the weather phenomenon is not as fearsome as the term sounds.

Blizzard warnings were in effect Thursday along the Eastern Seaboard from northeastern North Carolina to New England, where a storm surge of up to 3 feet, accompanied by chunks of ice, was predicted to cause coastal flooding. Wind gusts hit more than 113 kph in places and some areas saw as much as 46 centimetres of snow. It was the most snow the city had seen in one day since 1989. There is a risk of power cuts, which are likely to pose a greater risk than usual due to the extreme temperatures.

According to Chicago Department of Aviation, by 9:30 a.m. local time, Chicago O'Hare International Airport had cancelled more than 180 flights and the Midway Airport, more than 50 flights.

Officials urged drivers to stay off the roads, saying too many people were getting their cars stuck. Charleston, South Carolina, got 5.3 inches.

Freezing cold winds of up to 60mph have been reported and at least 12 people have died.

Four people were killed in North Carolina and SC after their vehicles ran off snow-covered roads, authorities said. As the storm moves from warm waters in the Atlantic Ocean to the artic, air masses build up that cause an explosive cyclogenesis.

Nearby cities include Savannah, Charleston and Myrtle Beach, may also get some snow, though estimates are now closer to 1 to 3 inches for those areas, according to AccuWeather's forecast.

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