Huge Storm Darkens Homes, Disrupts Travel

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WASHINGTON -- An already winter weary Northeast is once again getting pounded by a major winter storm this week.

In addition to the snow, high winds are expected to cause more problems, including more travel delays.

The storm has already dumped two feet of snow on parts of Massachusetts and New York. And parts of Maine are under nearly one foot.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of households are without power - a number likely to grow Friday as wind advisories blanket the region.

The National Weather Service has warned residents to expect steady winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour with wind gusts of 55 miles-per-hour or higher in coastal and mountainous areas.

New Hampshire Fire

Gusty winds fanned the flames of one fire in New Hampshire. The blaze started in an unoccupied hotel and soon spread to the entire block, engulfing as many as eight businesses. No injuries were reported.

In New York City on Thursday, a man was killed by a falling tree branch that broke under the weight of the snow.

At least two other deaths are also being blamed on the storm.

With many parts of the northeast experiencing record snow and rain falls this winter, some streams and rivers are now flowing out of their banks.

In New Jersey, at least one man couldn't resist taking a snowy ride atop the stormy waves.

Travel Delays, Frozen Produce

The wind and snow are forcing airlines to cancel more flights for a second day.

With more winter weather striking parts of the South, expect the price of produce to increase.

A freeze in Florida has forced super markets and restaurants to order tomatoes, peppers, green beans and other veggies south of the border.

"We really rely on Florida because that's where we get all of our stuff this time of year," Luther Coates, a produce salesman said. "But now, we ain't getting nothing out of Florida."

But despite all the hassles for some Americans, it's a winter wonderland

"I like winter," one man said. "You can't change it, so you've got to enjoy it."

"Bring it on," another gentleman said. "I like snow. I absolutely love it. (I) have no problems driving around, it's beautiful, trees gorgeous. I'm loving it."

For others, a spring thaw can't come soon enough.

"I am totally done with the snow," said one woman. "I'm ready for spring, so ready for spring."

"Some winters are bad. Some winters are good," said one Northeast resident. "This was a bad one." And it's not over yet.

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