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Early US Snowstorm Causes Deaths, Power Outrages


A person carries boxes as snow falls over the northern New Jersey region during a rare October snowstorm October 29, 2011.

A person carries boxes as snow falls over the northern New Jersey region during a rare October snowstorm October 29, 2011.

Several northeastern U.S. states have been witness to a rare October snowstorm that caused three deaths and cut power to more than 2 million homes and businesses.

As much as 30 centimeters of snow fell in parts of Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Jersey, setting records and forcing officials to declare states of emergency.

The storm also severely affected transportation with scores of flights canceled, roads closed and rail services disrupted.

The deaths were caused by storm-related accidents in Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

One of the hardest hit areas was New Jersey, where more than 650,000 customers are without power. It could be several days before all services are restored throughout the multi-state region.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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