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Winter storm leaves 27 dead in western NY, toll across US 48


BUFFALO: Death toll from crippling pre-Christmas blizzard Buffalo region and most of the country has grown to 27 in the west New York Authorities said Monday as the region emerged from one of the worst weather-related disasters in history. The dead were found in their cars, homes and in snowfields. Some died while shoveling snow. The Daily Mirror reports that one person was found frozen to death on his birthday after he was caught outside during the ceremony. storm. Family members of William Clay, 56, identified his body shortly after he was reported missing on Christmas Eve.
The storm that covered much of the US is now blamed for at least 48 deaths nationwide, with rescue and recovery efforts continuing on Monday. A snowstorm swept through New York on Friday and Saturday, trapping many motorists, losing power and preventing emergency crews from reaching people in frozen homes and stranded cars.
Heavy snowfalls nearly blanketed cars on Monday and thousands of homes were left in the dark because of a lack of electricity. The storm is expected to claim more lives as it trapped some people in homes and knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses.
Severe weather extends from the Great Lakes near Canada to the Rio Grande along the border with Mexico. Temperatures plummeted below normal from the east of rocky mountains to the Appalachians. The National Weather Service said frigid air “covering much of the eastern half of the United States” will move slowly.
Buffalo saw windstorms and snow cause power outages that crippled emergency response efforts.

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