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Storm lashes US as death toll hits 15

Published 28/12/2012 | 05:00

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The death toll from a powerful winter storm that pushed through the US Midwest into the north-east has risen to 15.

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In Indiana a man and a woman were killed when the scooter they were riding went out of control on a snowy street and they were hit by a pick-up truck.

Other deaths include a man checking on a disabled vehicle who was struck and killed in Pennsylvania and two people killed in crashes in Virginia.

The storm was dumping up to a foot of snow on parts of the north-east a day after it caused more than 1,600 flight cancellations and frustrated holiday travellers.

Despite the weather, few flights were delayed in New York, Philadelphia and Boston. The coast was seeing mostly cold rain, not snow.

Meanwhile, this year is set to become the wettest on record in the UK.

Provisional figures show that just 46mm of rain is needed from December 27 to 31 for 2012 to be the wettest year on record for the UK overall, with a new record already set for England with 1,095.8mm.

A storm brewing in the Atlantic could bring up to 2in (50mm) of rain this weekend.

Irish Independent

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