Friday 19 January 2018

US town Hell freezes over in polar vortex

The town of Hell in Michigan is situated in the heart of the polar vortex.
The town of Hell in Michigan is situated in the heart of the polar vortex.
Ice crystals gather atop a frozen pond in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. Temperatures in the single digits coupled with below-zero wind chills have prompted the closure of local governments, schools, and businesses throughout the South. Photo: Luke Sharrett/Getty Images
Icicles hang from a fountain along Canal Street as temperatures in the area plummeted below freezing in New Orleans, Louisiana. Highs are expected be in the upper 30s in metro New Orleans. A "polar vortex" carrying Arctic air and wind gusts of up to 50 mph has engulfed much of the Northeast making for life threatening weather conditions. Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images
A family braves the cold to take photographs along the icy shore of Lake Michigan as temperatures remain in the negative digits in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images

The extreme weather in the US has got so cold that even Hell has frozen over.

Situated at the heart of the 'polar vortex' sweeping across the United States, the small town of Hell in Michigan (population: c.200) has reportedly got so cold temperatures have plunged to as low as -13C, with a wind chill of -33C.

Bloomberg reporter Derek Wallbank tweeted: “It has literally frozen over.”

The town of Hell is not thought to take its name from the fiery pit of eternal torment, but possibly from the German word “hell”, meaning bright, the terrible conditions encountered by early explorers, or a flippant comment by a settler.

Several cities have come to a standstill across the Midwest and Northern Plains of the US, where the extreme cold, ice and snow has grounded thousands of flights and made travel almost impossible.

People are being urged to stay inside and protect themselves from the coldest temperatures for two decades.

Several people have died in the conditions, which can cause rapid hypothermia and frostbite.

Temperatures have been recorded as low as -35°C and Arctic winds are blowing with a deadly chill of -50°C.

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