JEWEL SAMAD / Contributor

The storm has slammed the east coast from Florida all the way up to Maine.

Aric Jenkins
January 04, 2018

Winter Storm Grayson, also known as the “bomb cyclone,” made its way up the East Coast on Thursday, leaving a trail of snow, whiteout conditions, and thousands of homes without power.

The extent of the snow storm’s widespread impact is clear with a visualization from space. Images of Winter Storm Grayson’s path taken Thursday morning showing just how massive the so-called "bomb cyclone" really is.

Winter Storm Grayson brought snow as far south as Florida, where Tallahassee saw its first snow in 28 years and some Orlando theme parks like Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld closed parts of their attractions because of the lower temperatures the storm brought. 

As Winter Storm Grayson headed up the coastal South and into the Mid-Atlantic and New England on Thursday morning, tens of thousands of residents in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia lost electricity as a result of the storm, according to CNN. In New England, Grayson is expected to turn into an all-out blizzard that could dump a foot of snow along with 40 to 60 mile per hour wind gusts. Thousands of flights have been canceled across the country because of the storm, with most cancellations coming from East Coast airports in New Jersey, Boston, and New York City.

At least 16 people have died in weather-related accidents as a result of the storm, CNN reported, while several governors declared a state of emergency in affected counties in response to Winter Storm Grayson.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, who issued the warnings in New York City, Westchester and Long Island, said in a tweet Thursday: “This is not a normal storm. If you do not have to be on the roads, don't be. Use caution and stay safe.”

The storm is particularly strong because of a weather phenomenon known as "bombogenesis," a system that undergoes rapid strengthening within 24 hours.

Grayson is expected continue to hammer the Northeast throughout Thursday until it dissipates by the following day.

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