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Buffalo blizzard Storm turns megacity into' war zone'

The storm is causing widespread disruption across North America

A severe downtime storm that has swept across North America has left the megacity of Buffalo, New York, looking like a war zone, the state governor has said.

On Monday the megacity recorded 25 rainfall-related deaths, over from 13 on Sunday.

"This is a war with mama nature and she has been hitting us with everything she has" since Thursday, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul said.

Blizzard conditions are stretching from Canada as far south as the Rio Grande, killing at least 50 people civil.

The region around Buffalo, in upstate New York, has been worst affected.

Governor Hochul, a native of Buffalo, said "It's (like) going to a war zone, and the vehicles along the sides of the roads are shocking."

Thaw on the way to US cold spots

She said residents were facing a "life-hanging situation", as numerous exigency vehicles were unfit to reach worst-hit areas or got stuck in snow themselves.

One family with youthful children aged 2 to 6 had to stay for 11 hours before being saved in the early hours of Christmas Day.

" I was principally just hopeless," the father, Zila Santiago, told CBS News. He said he'd managed to stay warm by keeping the machine running and kept torture at bay by playing games with the children.

Further victims are expected to be discovered once melting mountains reveal trapped vehicles and allow access to remote homes.

The "lemon cyclone" downtime storm - which occurs when atmospheric pressure plummets, causing heavy snow and winds has disintegrated trip across the US.

Foretellers say it'll ease off in the coming many days, but the advice remains to avoid traveling unless essential.

Over the weekend an estimated 000 homes and businesses endured knockouts- although power has been steadily restored.

Storm-related deaths were also reported in Vermont, Ohio, Missouri, Wisconsin, Kansas, and Colorado. South Florida's temperatures dropped so low, that iguanas set and fell from trees.

The western US state of Montana was the worst hit by the cold wave, with temperatures dropping to -50 F (- 45 C).

In Canada, the businesses of Ontario and Quebec are bearing the mass of the storm.

Four losses passed when a machine rolled over on an icy road near the city of Merritt, in the western fiefdom of British Columbia.