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Massive Winter Storm Hits US Atlantic Coast

Millions in the eastern United States are digging out while a million more in the South are in the dark after a huge winter storm moved across the eastern third of the country.

The storm hit the southeast Wednesday and moved up the Atlantic coast Thursday into New England.

More than 30 centimeters of snow fell on parts of the the mid-Atlantic, closing down the federal government and schools, and grounding thousands of flights.

In the normally mild south, ice is the problem, bringing down trees and power lines. About 1 million homes and businesses in Georgia and the Carolinas have no electricity.

The storm is blamed for at least 12 deaths.

This has been an unusually harsh winter in the United States, with deadly cold in the Midwest, rare ice storms in the South, and the most snow the East has seen in several years.

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