PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A storm that rolled from the South up through the Northeast U.S. has been blamed for at least 20 deaths so far -- and it has also cut the power to more than 700,000 homes and businesses, most of them in Georgia and the Carolinas.
The heavy snow and sleet vexed even hardy veterans of winter. A lawmaker in suburban Philadelphia said "Snow has become a four-letter word" this winter. There are probably choice words for air travelers as well. More than 6,500 flights have been grounded today nationwide.
Most of the fatalities reported involved highway crashes. But in New York City, a pregnant woman died after being struck by a snow plow in a parking lot. The victims also included a man hit by a falling tree limb in North Carolina.
Baltimore woke up to 15 inches. Philadelphia had nearly 9 inches, its fourth 6-inch snowstorm of the season — the first time that has happened in the city since record-keeping began in the late 1800s. New York City received nearly 10 inches, and parts of New Jersey had over 11. Forecasters say some parts of the region could see more snow overnight.
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