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World Arctic blast causes problems at US airports

09:16  08 january  2018
09:16  08 january  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Thousands of travellers were stuck in terminals or planes due to extreme cold.

NEW YORK: The eastern United States and Canada shivered under record-breaking low temperatures Saturday as Arctic blasts followed a deadly winter storm that left airports struggling to cope with the backlog of flights.

Freezing temperatures in New York left travellers stranded at JFK Airport.© ITV Freezing temperatures in New York left travellers stranded at JFK Airport. America's arctic blast is causing major problems at airports, with hundreds of people left stranded by cancelled flights.

Temperatures in some parts of the country have fallen as low as -30degC.

Part of JFK Airport in New York City had to be evacuated, after a burst pipe flooded the terminal. Thousands of travellers spent hours waiting in terminals, while others were stuck in their planes, because equipment couldn't cope with the extreme cold.

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The eastern United States and Canada froze Saturday under record-breaking low temperatures following a deadly winter storm as New York's flagship airport descended into chaos, battling to contain flight backlog.

NEW YORK • A record-breaking deep freeze brought more travel chaos to the eastern United States and Canada over the weekend, with the Arctic blast causing flight cancellations and delays. Some trans-Atlantic flights from Europe turned back and went home.

The massive blizzard, which brought snow, high winds and flooding to America's East Coast last week, has left temperatures plummeting.

Dangerous ice has created 'no-go' areas in parts of Chicago, and New Yorkers are being warned to stay wrapped up or risk hypothermia.

"I have leggings, jeans and snow pants on," one woman told ITV. "I feel like the Michelin Man."

Despite the discomfort, the Arctic blast has created some breathtaking sights, such as parts of Niagara Falls freezing solid.

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