Schools and offices have closed in many communities, and officials are urging people to stay off the roads if possible.
A fast-moving winter storm, growing stronger by the hour, has grounded 3,000 flights, delayed rail travelers in the busy Northeast Corridor and closed schools in NY and Boston.
Seventeen cold-related deaths have been reported across the usa, according to the Associated Press news agency.Hurricane force winds of up to 60mph (95km/h) are expected to hammer the north-eastern United States coastline.
Gallina said as the storm pulls off into the Atlantic, another blast of very cold air is going to roar down from the north behind it and spread out across the central and eastern U.S.
States of emergency have also been declared for Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia. Authorities said Lindsey Klima stepped outside to smoke a cigarette and could have fallen at the shoreline before she succumbed to the cold, CNN affiliate WLUK reported.
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The state capital, Tallahassee, got a bit of snow.
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The 1993 storm caused the equivalent of $9.3 billion in damages from the Deep South through the East Coast.
According to the Connecticut Post, some parts of the state had reached up to 6 to 10 inches as of Thursday afternoon.
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Meanwhile, New York City has been battered with heavy snow and gusty winds that have played havoc with commutes and shut down schools on Thursday.
"The heavy snow will continue over the Northeast overnight Thursday beginning to wane on Friday morning".
Street crews were still digging out snow-filled roads following the deadly storm that is said to have killed at least 18 people in Eastern areas. Virginia had a total of 45,000 power outages with only half of them restored so far. Wind gusts hit more than 70 miles per hour (113 kph) in places and some areas saw as much as 18 inches (46 centimeters) of snow.
Temperatures have reached record lows for nearly two weeks in a row, and there's been extreme snow, wind, and storms. "It could drop 40 to 50 millibars in 36 hours". "It has one of the greatest rapidly deepening rates we've ever seen", Bob Oravec, a lead forecaster with the National Weather Service, tells The Verge.
Local church provides Thanksgiving baskets to the community
One church in New Rochelle gave back to the community Thursday by serving a free Thanksgiving dinner. This year, a sit-down meal was provided at the First Baptist Church on Albany Ave.
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