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Storm News: USA
Photo: A man shields himself from the snow and sleet February 14, 2007 in New York City. The city witnessed a messy morning commute as a storm dumped over an inch of sleet and snow on many parts of the metropolitan area

Feb 14, 2007
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Sleet stung the faces of pedestrians and ice coated streets Wednesday as a blizzard roared out of the U.S. Midwest and shut down parts of the Northeast.
Hundreds of thousands of people lost electrical service in the cold weather. At least nine deaths were blamed on the storm system.
Airline flights were cancelled and thousands of schools were closed in states from Maine to Kentucky, some in the Midwest for a second day. In Washington, the federal government opened offices two hours late.
The snow and ice caused spinouts, fender-benders and traffic snarls during the morning commute.
The National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings for parts of New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine, where as much as 6o centimetres of snow was possible in the western part of the state. Maine Gov. John Baldacci declared a state of emergency to ensure the smooth delivery of heating oil.
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