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At least 6 weather-related deaths reported in wake of 'bomb cyclone'

At least six people were killed in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia due to the intense winter storm that hit the East Coast.

In North Carolina, three people were killed, including two men whose pickup truck slid off a road and into a creek on Wednesday night, authorities said. One person died in South Carolina and two others in Virginia — a 75-year-old man was killed when he was hit by a snowplow and a young girl was killed while sledding down a driveway.

Called a "bomb cyclone" because its fast drop in atmospheric pressure was akin to a winter hurricane, the massive storm system also caused the cancelation of more than 4,000 flights to and from the U.S. Heavy snow and high winds were reported all along the East Coast, with parts of southern New Jersey receiving almost 17 inches of snow and flooding reported in Boston. Over the weekend, the Northeast can expect extremely cold air — wind chills are forecast to hit minus 15 in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia, and could drop to minus 40 in parts of New England and western New York, ABC News reports.