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Christmas storm sweeps across America

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Christmas storm sweeps across America


A massive snowstorm is sweeping across the central United States, cutting road and air transport links.

Blizzard warnings have been issued for Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin.

Icy roads are being blamed for the deaths of 18 people in Nebraska and Kansas.

Forecasters say up to two feet or 60 centimetres of snow has fallen in the storm which is spanning nearly two thirds of the country, stranding motorists in what is normally one of the busiest travel periods of the year.

The National Weather Service is reporting gusting winds which are making conditions worse, affecting high-sided trucks, causing drifts and reducing visibility.

Internal flights have been badly hit as the white out closes airports and the cancellation count rises. Travellers are being advised to stay at home until the storm has blown over.

For some though it was too late and they will be spending Christmas Day in an airport lounge.

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