Tips on How to Survive the "Bomb Cyclone"

Tips on How to Survive the

The storm became more organized on Wednesday afternoon and evening, beginning a process of rapid intensification known as "bombogenesis", giving way to the name "bomb storm" or "snow hurricane".

By the time the storm reaches the ocean waters east of Long Island and eastern New England on Thursday, it will be explosively intensifying.

Snow was on the ground in every state along the Eastern Seaboard on Thursday morning, from Florida to ME, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

At least seven people died in weather-related accidents.

Overall, some 2,800 flights were cancelled as of early Thursday, CNN reported.

Boston's Logan International Airport was among those affected, along with Newark Liberty International in New Jersey, according to the website. The Weather Service has warned that power outages "would force considerable hardship where heat would not be available".

"If this threat does materialize during the Thursday morning rush-hour, many roads could quickly turn icy", the National Weather Service cautioned.

"This is chilly, chilly stuff", Brian Hurley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland, said.

A brutal winter storm hit the coastal southeast with a rare blast of snow and ice on Wednesday, hitting parts of Florida, Georgia and SC with their heaviest snowfall in almost three decades.

One person tweeted a photo of snow accumulating in a pair of sandals and atop fire ant hills.

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Four people were killed in North Carolina and sc after their vehicles ran off snow-covered roads, authorities said.

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In pic: A person walks in the snow on King Street in Charleston, South Carolina.

New York City Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency, warning residents to remain inside "unless essential".

The storm was already beginning to cause issues for travelers, halting dozens of flights through airports in the south. Airlines bracing for the weather had already begun issuing waivers for travelers heading through essentially the entire East Coast, allowing people to change their flights without any fees. The storm is likely to bring winds between 65 km per hour and 95 km per hour, and around 12 inches of snow, CNN reported.

"There were only local trains, no express", Khan, 30, said as he hunched with an electric drill trying to fix the handle of his snow shovel inside the convenience store where he works.

By early Thursday morning, snow was falling in Virginia and the District of Columbia.

There were noticeably fewer tourists on Friday afternoon in New York City's Times Square, which is usually thronged with visitors from countries around the world. After that's done, forecasters warn, a powerful cold will follow.

Most locations in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast are predicted to set records for cold temperatures on Friday with highs in the single digits and teens.

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