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Killer freak storms

A FREAK October storm knocked out power to more than 3.1 million homes and businesses across north-east America, with close to 2ft of snow falling in some areas.

Heavy snowfall also brought down tree branches across the country.

"You just have absolute tree carnage with this heavy snow straining the branches," said National Weather Service spokesman Chris Vaccaro.

Officials said it would take days to restore electricity, even though the snow ended yesterday.

The storm was blamed for at least 11 deaths and states of emergency were declared in New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Roads, railways and flights were knocked out and more than 800,000 power customers were without electricity in Connecticut alone.

Massachusetts had more than 670,000 power cuts and New Jersey more than 600,000 -- including governor Chris Christie's house.

"It's going to be a more difficult situation than we experienced in Hurricane Irene," Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy said. "We are expecting extensive and long-term power cuts."

hnews@herald.ie