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1.7 million lose power in East Coast snowstorm

1.7 million along East Coast lose power during rare October snowstorm By The Associated Press

The unusually early snowstorm bringing heavy, wet snow to the East Coast has knocked out power to more than 1.7 million customers.

More than 540,000 people are without power in New Jersey, including Gov. Chris Christie, who declared a state of emergency Saturday. Two hospitals that lost power are operating on generators.

Utilities in Connecticut and Pennsylvania are each reporting more than 430,000 customers without power. In Philadelphia and its suburbs alone, more than 160,000 are in the dark.

In New York, more than 200,000 have lost power.

Western Maryland has more than 26,000 outages. More than 75,000 customers are without power in Massachusetts.

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