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Wind knocks out power to thousands

February 13, 2009|Associated Press

Winds with gusts topping 65 mph blew from the Great Lakes to the East Coast on Thursday, knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of customers, disrupting travel and killing at least five people.

The high winds, attributed to a low-pressure system, started Wednesday night and moved east, kicking up gravel and sand from construction sites and hurling garbage cans onto New York City streets.

About 250,000 customers in Pennsylvania 140,000 in Ohio were without power. Utilities in Ohio and West Virginia said electricity wouldn't be restored to some residents until the weekend or later. Michigan, New Jersey and Kentucky also had outages.

Average flight delays were two hours at LaGuardia Airport and nearly four hours at Newark, N.J.

The National Weather Service confirmed Thursday that a small tornado had touched down in Indiana.

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