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'Bomb Cyclone' Dumps HUGE Snowfall Causing Chaos In The US

While it is as hot as blazes in Australia, iguanas are falling from the sky in the US and it's all to do with a HUGE snowfall called a 'bomb cyclone'.

The reptiles became immobile when temperatures dipped below 5 degrees Celsius - and dip below it did!

A massive winter storm has roared into the east coast, unleashing hurricane-force winds and flooding, closing schools, offices and transportation systems.

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

Another fatality was reported near Philadelphia when a car could not stop at the bottom of a steep, snow-covered hill and slammed into a commuter train. A passenger in the vehicle was killed. No one on the train was hurt.

In New Jersey, Orlando Igmat's car got stuck in a snowbank along the Garden State Parkway in Tinton Falls as he drove to work at Verizon. He waited a half hour for a tow truck to pull him out.

"I didn't expect it (the storm) was going to be a heavy one. That's why I went to work today. I'm going to stay in a hotel tonight," he said.

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(Image: Gizmodo)

More than 100,000 homes and businesses lost power at some point, depriving many people of heat. Connecticut opened more than 100 warming centres in 34 towns. More than half of the outages - mostly in the South - were restored by Thursday afternoon.

The high winds caused coastal flooding overwhelming fishing piers, streets and restaurants. The rising waters also stranded people in homes and cars.

National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Peterson said record low temperatures were predicted for 28 major cities across New England, eastern New York and the mid-Atlantic states by dawn Sunday.

Boston expected a low around minus 25C overnight Saturday into Sunday. Portland, Maine, and Burlington, Vermont, could see minus 28C, the weather service said.

State and local officials urged people to stay home so crews could clear away the snow. There were concerns in Boston and elsewhere that if roads were not properly cleared, the snow could freeze into cement-like ice after the cold blast arrives.

with AAP

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