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Travel chaos as deadly storm hits north-east US

Published on Dec 28, 2012 10:21 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - The US north-east was battered by heavy snow and strong winds on Thursday as a mighty storm carved a violent arc across several states, killing more than a dozen people and snarling holiday travel.

More than 3,000 flights have been cancelled since Christmas Day including 746 on Thursday, as the storm wreaked havoc from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes before heading north-east, according to tracker FlightAware.

In New York City, high winds caused major air traffic delays - 186 flights were cancelled outright at the three major airports - Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark.

"Winter weather has arrived for many parts of the state, so as a precaution we have opened the emergency operation centre to coordinate response efforts using all state and local resources," New York governor Andrew Cuomo said.

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