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Snowstorm slams U.S. midsection, heads east

Posted: December 27, 2012 at 1:48 a.m.

Semler Street resident Mack Robinson checks on his tornado damaged home Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, in Prichard, Ala. Robinson's wife, Mary, was home when the tornado hit. "Nobody got hurt, except my feelings," Robinson said. (AP Photo/AL.com, Mike Kittrell) MAGS OUT

A powerful winter storm system pounded the nation’s midsection Wednesday and headed toward the Northeast, where people braced for the high winds and heavy snow that disrupted holiday travel, knocked out power to thousands of homes and were blamed in at least six deaths.

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