The eastern half of the United States and parts of Canada have been assaulted by a severe snow storm which has left 16 people dead.

The snow storm, named as "Hercules", left some areas buried under two feet of snow and was so severe that both the governors of New York and New Jersey had to declare states of emergency. Schools were closed, over 2,500 flights were cancelled and people were advised not to leave their homes unless absolutely necessary.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said: "As this winter storm unfolds, bringing heavy snow and high winds to many parts of the state, I strongly urge all New Yorkers to exercise caution, avoid travel and stay indoors. This is nothing to be trifled with."
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Another severe storm lashed the U.K. on Monday, leaving two people dead and a trail of destruction in the wake of its fury.
Many rail, air and ferry services were disrupted, and it was chaos on the nation’s roads, with the U.K’s Network Rail declaring that storm damage was worse than that caused by recent super-storm Jude.

The U.K. had 34 flood warnings in place, and Christmas travelers were confronted by gale force winds of up to 90mph and torrential rain that left many places flooded and thousands of homes without power. As many people prepared to travel home today to celebrate Christmas with their families, the roads were still littered with debris and standing water from yesterday’s freak weather.
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When it comes to predicting weather patterns, Whitley Strieber’s forecasts are uncannily accurate. Beginning last summer, Unknown Country’s Climate Watch began warning that violent weather would be seen in Europe and that flooding would be likely during the winter months. That prediction has now come to pass, as last Thursday Northern Europe saw ferocious storms which caused the biggest tidal surge recorded for many decades.
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It seems as though wild weather events have rarely been out of the headlines recently. It has been a bleak weekend in some parts of America after yet another fatal storm blasted its way through five US states.
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