Deep freeze grips parts of northern America

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    UNDATED (CNN) -- The bitter cold blast gripping much of the country is not expected to go away any time soon. In fact, the deep freeze is expected to last throughout the week.

    Talk about a double whammy! New Yorkers who made minimum home repairs after Superstorm Sandy may not have enough heat.

    One reason warming centers are springing up in cold-weather cities, giving the most vulnerable, young and old, some relief. New York resident Yeteva Rich says, "I haven't had heat, hot water and heat for three days. Yesterday, a little bit of heat came, only heat that we got was in the bathroom."

    In Syracuse they experienced a heavy downfall, lowering visibility, giving snow blowers a workout, making it tough for postal carriers to get from house to house.

    In Iowa City, Iowa the temperature was just one degree above zero. A dog shelter begging for help after a heater broke down and extra blankets needed to keep the cement floors warm for man's best friend. Adoption manager Nancy Orr says, "It's a stressful environment and were trying to keep them as comfortable as we can."

    Outside Pittsburgh, when a water main broke in the middle of the night, single-digit temperatures turned gushing water into a sheet of ice.

    Sub-zero temps aren't all bad, if you like ice boating. skimming across the ice at speeds of up to 60 miles an hour, in what looks like a mini-kayak with a sail.

    For those who have to work outside, newspaper distributor Ciara Williams says, "As long as I bundle up, really double bundle, I'm good, because I have a lot of clothes on."

    Maybe the best way to get by is "thinking hot."

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