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Strong Winds Pummel East Coast

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North Carolina, USA
Photo: A resident assesses the damage after a tree fell on a house on Glen Eden Drive in Raleigh. Staff Photo by Harry Lynch

Triangle residents today will be picking their way through the wreckage left by high winds that raked North Carolina from the mountains to the coast Monday, ripping trees from rain-sodden soil that crashed onto homes, cars and power lines and left thousands without power.
More than 300,000 were left without power across North Carolina as repair crews battled stiff breezes that made their work difficult.
The blustery aftermath of a weekend nor'easter whipped up gusts that approached highway speeds around 11 a.m Monday -- 48 mph at Raleigh-Durham International Airport; 62 mph at Piedmont Triangle International Airport near Greensboro, federal forecasters said.
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