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Deadly storm batters US East Coast as Europe's big freeze persists

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Deadly storm batters US East Coast as Europe's big freeze persists

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A powerful storm has left a trail of destruction in the northeastern United States.

Falling trees and branches have killed at least seven people, including a six-year-old boy, struck as he slept at home in Virginia. An 11-year-old in New York is also among the dead.

Coastal Massachusetts is just one of the areas hit by flooding.

Heavy snow in parts of New York has not only hampered pedestrians and motorists. Hundreds of flights have been cancelled too.

In Europe, the big freeze has claimed more than 60 lives, with over 20 of the victims in Poland alone.

While locals battled with the elements in Croatia, tourists were thrilled to see Plitvicka Jezera, one of the country's most famous waterfalls, largely frozen.

Major roads in northern and southwest England have been badly hit by snow, trapping passengers in their vehicles for hours on end.

Public transport in Britain has also been severely affected by the bad weather although temperatures are climbing slowly, helping to get some services back on track.