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US battles winter weather explosion

origin 1Millions of Americans face freezing temperatures and snow ©Charlie Neibergall/Copyright 2022 The AP. All rights reserved.

Over 200 million people on the American continent are battling a freezing winter storm of rare intensity.

Temperatures dropped dramatically in the space of 24 hours, with mercury readings reaching a record -53C in western Canada, -38C in Minnesota and -8C in Houston.

The meteorological phenomenon extends from the Canadian border up to the Rio Grande at the Mexican border.

Poweroutage.us said at least one million people were left without electricity on Friday morning.

Flight tracking website FlightAware reported that more than 3,000 flights into or out of the country were canceled due to bad weather.

Airports in New York, Chicago, Detroit, Seattle and Denver were hit the hardest.