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High Winds Move Into Northeast; Two Killed

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. - A fierce storm swept across the Midwest and into the Northeast on Friday, causing temperatures to plummet and generating winds up to 77 mph. Two people were killed by falling trees.

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The storm sent temperatures in some parts of western New York plunging from 60 degrees to below freezing within a few hours. High winds knocked out power to more than 200,000 homes and offices and closed schools.

A falling tree crushed a passing car in suburban Rochester, killing a 52-year-old woman.

At Saratoga Spa State Park, 40 miles north of Albany, a state Department of Transportation worker was killed when a tree crashed onto his pickup truck.

Gov. George Pataki, recuperating from surgery to remove his appendix, activated an emergency command center to coordinate state agencies that help reroute traffic, clear debris and restore power. "The prayers of all New Yorkers go out to the families of the two individuals who died," he said.

In rural Gorham, 25 miles southeast of Rochester, a dozen youngsters narrowly escaped injury when a tree fell and heavily damaged their school bus.

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New York and other eastcoast cities weren't the only areas to get this kind of weather. The chicago area started the week with sunny 60 degree temps, and had rain, hail, thunderstorms, tornados and wind gusts to 70 mph before the cold front came through and the tempertures drop to 3 degrees and snows, this weekend.
By YCON: posted on 18-2-2006

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