Northeast U.S. is buried under early snowstorm

Several northeastern U.S. states have been witness to a rare October snowstorm that caused three deaths and cut power to more than 2 million homes and businesses.

As much as 30 centimeters (about 12 inches) of snow fell in parts of Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Jersey, setting records and forcing officials to declare states of emergency.

The storm also severely affected transportation with scores of flights canceled, roads closed and rail services disrupted.

The deaths were caused by storm-related accidents in Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

One of the hardest hit areas was New Jersey, where more than 650,000 customers are without power. It could be several days before all services are restored throughout the multi-state region.

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