US witness record polar freeze

Atlanta, Jan 8 : At least 21 people have died in the United States so far after a deep freeze hit North America and spread from US Midwest to the east and south, setting record low temperatures from Boston to Birmingham, reports said on Tuesday.

The freezing temperatures have affected the lives of nearly 190 million people in the US.

The most extreme arctic blasts, created by a weather pattern known as the polar vortex has made the temperatures of Midwest and the East colder than of Antarctica, said reports.

The chilly weather started in the Midwest over the weekend, which has now covered about half of the country.

According to reports, some parts of the midwest hit -26 Celsius.

In Boston, the temperature was reported to be around -8 Celsius.

The temperatures in Birmingham and Alabama dipped to a record low of -14 Celsius, breaking the record of -11.7 Celsius set in 1970.

While Atlanta witnessed a record low of -14.5 Celsius, Nashville and Tennessee saw a dip to -16.7 Celsius.

According to BBC reports, more than 500 rail passengers on their way to Chicago were marooned overnight into Tuesday morning in northern Illinois on three Amtrak passenger trains after drifting snow and ice covered the tracks.

--IBNS (Posted on 08-01-2014)

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