- (Photo: NOAA's GOES-13 satellite)
Photos and videos of Winter Storm Nemo, as seen from space, have gone viral this weekend, as the entire north east region of the United States, and the eastern board of Canada have been brought to a standstill as the historic storm pounds the region, leaving about half a million homes without power.
Nemo has brought heavy snowfall and strong winds, mixing to create blizzard conditions, and has seen various areas hit with up to two to three feet of snow.
Blizzard warnings were put in effect on Friday for much of the coastal regions of the north-eastern U.S., with people being warned to stock up on food and other supplies. Nemo was expected to affect as many as 25 million people in the region.
"This is a storm of major proportions," Boston Mayor Thomas Menino announced to his city. "Stay off the roads. Stay home."
According to The Associated Press hundreds of people were stuck in their homes on Saturday morning after snow piled up so high against their front doors they were unable to open them.
In Maine, one town called Gorham was reportedly buried under nearly 80 cm (32 inches) of snow. Town council chairman Philip Gagnon explained on Saturday that many roads would not be cleared until Sunday or Monday, according to Reuters. he said, "It's going to probably take some time because they can only do so much before we can rest them."
All three major airports in the New York City area canceled flights on Saturday and train operator Amtrak suspended nearly all its services north of the city.
It has been reported that one elderly American man died in the New York area after he lost control of his vehicle in Poughkeepsie.
Winter Storm Nemo is the result of two weather systems from the polar and sub-tropical jet streams, according to the National Weather Service, and has been described as a "potentially historic storm."
Here is a video of a satellite image of Nemo: