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    Storms hit power lines, travel in US

    Deadly slow-moving storms generating near-record snowfall and low temperatures in the US Midwest have moved eastward, leaving stranded airline travellers and thousands without power.
    In Michigan, where snowfall was expected to reach 18 inches (46cm) in some areas, about 310,000 homes and businesses were without power because of an ice storm, most of them in the southeast of the state.
    Large areas of Detroit were without power and customers were not expected to have it back on Sunday night, utility DTE Energy said.
    The weight of ice on power lines, coupled with high winds, caused more than 1,000 power lines to fall in Detroit and Wayne County.
    The worst of the snow was focused on the upper Great Lakes, with Green Bay, Wisconsin, seeing its second-largest snowstorm ever after 23.2 inches (60 cm) fell as of Sunday afternoon.
    For the twin cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, the April monthly record for snowfall of 21.8 inches (55 cm) was surpassed on Saturday, the National Weather Service said.
    Tornado watches were in effect over the Carolinas, but no tornadoes had been reported by early Sunday afternoon, said National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Hurley.
    The storms stretched from the Gulf Coast to the Midwest and were moving into the Northeast and New England.
    Record low temperatures for the date were expected in Oklahoma City and Kansas City on Monday.
     
    The weather system resulted in 17 reports of tornadoes in Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Texas on Friday, with four people injured and 160 buildings damaged in a possible tornado in northwest Arkansas, local media reported.
    The weather was blamed for two traffic deaths in western Nebraska and Wisconsin, according to National Public Radio.
    By Sunday afternoon, 1,689 flights had been cancelled into or out of US airports, including 134 flights in or out of the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport.

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