Strong storm hits NE U.S., causing blackout

14:33, March 15, 2010      

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High winds coupled with heavy rains have mopped northeastern United States over the weekend to leave half a million people in the dark, police said on Sunday.

Winds blowing at 112 kilometers per hour uprooted trees and downed power lines in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

The storm came two weeks after snow storms left more than 1 million people in another power outage in the same region.

Local media reported that six people had died in storm-related accidents in the region over the weekend.

The New York Police Department said that it had received 65,000 calls, the second-highest emergency calls in a 24-hour period, during the storm which still left thousands of people in the dark in the city.

At the peak of the storm, more than 265,000 New Yorkers were without power.

Across the river in New Jersey, hundreds of thousands of people are still without power after the weekend weather left extensive damage throughout the state.

Some New Jersey residents were fearing that they might have to wait until Tuesday to have their power supply restored.

Source: Xinhua
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