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'Bomb cyclone' paralyses US state with snow, winds

IANS  |  Washington 

A sudden drop in barometric pressure unleashed a rare "bomb cyclone" over the US state of Colorado, paralysing the region with heavy snow and high winds.

According to the (NWS), as many as 74 million Americans could be affected by the storm, which hit southern with Category 2 hurricane conditions on Wednesday and 100 mile per hour winds, reported.

More than 55 million people are "threatened" by high winds, 10 million by winter storms and over 17 million by floods, with "severe storms capable of producing damaging winds, hail and tornadoes, the NWS said.

Thousands of cars were abandoned along the roadways as "the bomb cyclone wreaked havoc, triggering innumerable crashes and leaving people stranded in cars", the Post reported.

"This is a very epic cyclone," said Greg Carbin, for the "We're looking at something that will go down in the history books," he remarked.

It could develop into the worst storm of its type in 35-40 years, he added.

Colorado's capital was the first major metropolitan area hit by the storm, where declared a state of emergency and called in the for help in providing emergency relief.

"A bomb cyclone happens when there's a rapid pressure drop, with a decrease of at least 24 millibars (which measures atmospheric pressure) over 24 hours known as 'bombogenesis'," said.

"This storm has dropped 33 millibars since Tuesday morning and continues to strengthen," it added.



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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 16:12 IST