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Weekly wrap-up: Ferocious storm tears across northeastern US; Storm Herwart kills 6 in central Europe

By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather staff writer
November 03, 2017, 10:04:15 AM EDT

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A powerful storm unleashed flooding and strong winds over the northeastern United States to kick off the week.

Wind gusts reached hurricane-force (74 mph) strength in parts of New England. At the height of the storm, close to 1 million utility customers were without power as falling tree limbs and whole trees took out power lines.

Strong winds and soggy soil contributed to train disruptions in the New York City suburbs. Many areas across the Northeast received between 2 and 6 inches of rain from the storm.

The storm also brought the first snow of the season to parts of the Appalachian Mountains, accumulating several inches at higher elevations.

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A motorist turns around after finding downed trees blocking Flying Point Road during a storm in Freeport, Maine, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. A strong wind storm has caused widespread power outages. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

In Maine, utility companies were pushed to the brink as 400,000 lost power in the state. Hundreds of thousands were still without power five days later, the Bangor Daily News reported.

A deadly storm blasted central Europe this week, killing six and causing chaos.

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Winds gusted past 60 mph (100 k/hr) in parts of the Czech Repblic and Poland, knocking over trees that killed four, according to The Guardian.

The storm caused widespread power outages and travel disruption throughout Germany. The hardest-hit areas were the north and east including Hamburg, Berlin, Hanover and Dresden.

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A car stands in the floods near the Hamburg fish market, early Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. High winds struck the country causing flooding and damage in northern and eastern Germany. (Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa via AP)

Two people were killed in Germany as a result of the storm, called Storm Herwart.

More than 10 inches of snow fell in Duluth, Minnesota, late last week, the first significant snowfall of the season for the region.

Four people were killed in snow-related vehicle accidents, according to the Star Tribune.

Intense winds up to 50 mph caused whiteouts at times, leading to a travel nightmare.

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