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Severe snowstorms hit US northeast

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Severe snowstorms hit US northeast


A rare October snowstorm has battered America’s northeast, leaving at least eight people dead and millions of homes without electricity.

The state of Connecticut had a record number of outages as power lines were brought down by strong winds before the wintry weather arrived.

When it did, up to 80 centimetres fell in some areas, causing major disruption to roads and rail. In New York, residents were told to stay indoors as emergency workers attempted to clear the streets.

Air travel was also badly hit, with flights grounded for several hours. Passengers were stranded at regional airports and one plane was stuck on the tarmac in New Hampshire for six hours, with over 100 people on board.

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