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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Winter storm hits Northeast US, slowing Hurricane Sandy recovery | Reuters

People wait at a bus stop during a snow storm in New York's financial district, November 7, 2012. REUTERS-Brendan McDermid
(Reuters) - An unseasonably early-winter storm brought snow, rain and dangerous winds to the U.S. Northeast, plunging many residents of the most populous region of the country back into darkness just as they were recovering from Superstorm Sandy.
The storm iced roads and hit transit systems, setting the stage for a difficult Thursday morning commute and bringing fresh misery to those whose lives had been disrupted by the massive storm that smashed ashore on October 29 with historic flooding.
Sandy's death toll in the United States and Canada reached 121 after New York authorities on Wednesday reported another death linked to the storm, in the hard-hit coastal neighborhood of Rockaway that bore the brunt of a storm surge.
More than 60,000 homes and businesses in a band stretching from the Carolinas to New York lost power, joining the more than 640,000 customers that remained in the dark after one of the biggest and costliest storms ever to hit the United States.

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