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Icy Storm Blows Through Northeast

Aaron Prue, foreground left, and an unidentified man push Bob Clark in his flower delivery van out of heavy snow during a storm, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008, in Auburn, Maine. A powerful winter storm left close to a foot of fresh snow Wednesday in portions of northern New England, knocking out power, closing businesses and schools, and creating travel headaches. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
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. (AP) -- A powerful winter storm spread more than a half-foot of snow across parts of the Northeast on Wednesday, closing hundreds of schools and switching off the lights for thousands of homes and businesses.

The Maine Legislature called off its session for the day and federal agencies opened two hours late in Washington. The Army's Fort Drum in northern New York state canceled all outdoor physical fitness training.

The National Weather Service reported 10 inches of snow in Maine at Auburn and Lisbon Falls, 8.5 inches at Fitchburg, Mass., and 3 to 5 inches in eastern New York state, where ice was up to a half-inch thick. Winter storm warnings were in effect for much of New England and northern New York state, along with flood warnings in wide areas as heavy rain combined with melting snow.

Combined snow and sleet accumulations could reach a foot in parts of northern New York, the weather service said.

The storm system had been blamed for at least 15 deaths since Monday.

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