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Strong storm system leaves 3 people dead

A woman struggles to hold an umbrella against heavy winds and rain on Wednesday in Brooklyn, N.Y. Severe weather caused power outages and some damage on the East Coast.

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A woman struggles to hold an umbrella against heavy winds and rain on Wednesday in Brooklyn, N.Y. Severe weather caused power outages and some damage on the East Coast.

NEW YORK — A potent storm system that spawned tornadoes in the South reached the Northeast on Wednesday, where it knocked out power to thousands, closed the Statue of Liberty and delayed flights for hours. At least three people were killed.

Sandbags were handed out in Washington, D.C., to protect homes from flooding. Thousands were without electricity in the mid-Atlantic region and New York, and some schools delayed openings. The storms had moved into New England by early evening.

In Connecticut, the storm toppled trees and flooded streets near the shore. More than 20,000 customers lost power, according to Connecticut Light & Power.

In New York, gusts of wind that snapped a huge, lighted Christmas tree at the South Street Seaport also prompted the closure of the Statue of Liberty.

Commuter rail service between Newark, N.J., and New York City was briefly suspended due to overhead wire damage, New Jersey Transit said. It wasn't immediately clear if the storm was responsible for the damage

Hundreds of miles to the south, residents in Buford, Ga., were cleaning up after a tornado with winds as high as 130 mph whipped through Tuesday, damaging more than 50 homes, the National Weather Service said. No injuries were reported there.

At least two tornadoes touched down in South Carolina on Tuesday, the National Weather service said.

Strong storm system leaves 3 people dead 12/01/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 1:25pm]

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