Bone-chilling cold freezes US East Coast in wake of 'bomb cyclone'

Frigid temperatures torment US

Temperatures were in the single digits from Philadelphia to Boston on Saturday morning and expected to fall closer to zero on Saturday night, with wind chills making it feel like minus 10 degrees to minus 20 degrees.

Both Philadelphia and NY were shivering at -13C, with wind chills of minus 23C in Philadelphia and minus 22C in NY.

The extreme weather caused travel chaos and led to the cancellation of thousands of flights. Some ferry services also had to be shut down.

People struggle against wind and snow during Storm Grayson at the Jersey shore in Long Branch, New Jersey.

"This storm is intense!" the NWS Boston office tweeted.

In New Jersey, gusty winds carried flames from a vacant building across the street to two other buildings Friday morning. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries.

As northern India shivers due to the prevailing cold wave, 8,431 miles away, in the United States of America, a "bomb cyclone" is causing exposed skin to freeze within 30 minutes.

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This bomb cyclone dropped 53 millibars in just 21 hours, intensifying faster than any such occurrence in recent history. "The sustained cold is requiring round-the-clock usage of some of these oil-fired generators, and some are already running short on fuel", an ISO New England spokesperson told the Times.

On Thursday afternoon, the tide gauge at Boston Harbor matched its record at 15.1 feet - previously set during the blizzard of 1978.

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.

Longtime resident Dianne Davis said her home was completely surrounded by ocean water that eventually filled her basement. "'OK this is getting serious.'" said Davis.

CBS News has confirmed that at least 22 people nationwide have died from the recent blast of cryogenic-like-temperatures.

In Arlington, Massachusetts, a state Water Resources Authority employee was found unconscious in a snow bank while doing snow removal work Friday, Arlington Police Chief Fred Ryan said. And in ME, authorities on Friday said they're still searching for a clammer who disappeared during the blizzard.

Record-breaking low temperatures continue in the USA where the snow covered the East Coast and Midwest creating risky conditions as tens of millions of people struggled to clean up from a blizzard that dumped deep, drifting snow in many areas.

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