Homes in New York have been left covered in icicles after days of gale-force winds.

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Residents in the town of Hamburg woke up to find their homes in three feet of ice after temperatures dropped to -11C. Photographs show properties and trees encased in ice which has been described as ''frightening'' by local residents.

The giant icicles were created when the strong winds blew the water from the lake towards the homes, which then froze.

Bob Mis, who has lived in the town for eight years, is worried about how the ice would affect the structure of their homes once it starts melting.

He said: ''It looks fake, it looks unreal. It's dark on the inside of my house. It can be a little eerie, a little frightening.

''We're worried about the integrity, of structure failure when it starts to melt, because of the weight on the roof.

''It's a beautiful sight, but I don't want to live through it again.''