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Winter storm affects thousands

At least 12 deaths - most due to icy roads - have been blamed on a severe winter storm plowing its way across the country.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | January 1, 2007

At least 12 deaths - most due to icy roads - have been blamed on a severe winter storm plowing its way across the country.

Thousands of people are without power in the wake of the storm, more than 44,000 of them in Kansas alone. Fifteen-foot snow drifts blanketed parts of that state, and emergency crews were estimating it could be a week before power is restored.

Emergency shelters were set up in several western and central Kansas counties, including Thomas, Hamilton, Sheridan and Ellis. In Lane county, volunteers were going door-to-door urging people to go to the shelters. Winds were gusting at 40 mph in some places.

Some 15,000 people were in the dark in Nebraska. Albuquerque got two feet of snow, while 18 inches fell in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

After dumping heavy snow on Colorado, the storm moved into the Plains states on Monday.

Rain was pouring from Florida to New York, with snow in parts of New England. The huge storm once stretched from Canada to Mexico.

Roads in Colorado were still blocked by 10-foot snow drifts on Monday. The National Guard rescued dozens of stranded people.

Earlier over the weekend, the weather system spawned tornadoes in Texas and Louisiana.


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