Gale-force winds, rain and snow lash much of northeastern US

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Gale-force winds are lashing much of the northeastern U.S., prompting tornado watches and flash-flood warnings and knocking out power to tens of thousands …

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Gale-force winds are lashing much of the northeastern U.S., prompting tornado watches and flash-flood warnings and knocking out power to tens of thousands

“Hold on to your hats!” the National Weather Service in Boston tweeted as gusts exceeding 50 mph (80 kph) and heavy rainfall bore down on a large swath of southern New England.

In Connecticut, the fast-moving storm knocked out power to more than 32,000 households, utilities said.

More than 43,000 homes and businesses had lost power as of midafternoon in Massachusetts, mostly on Cape Cod, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency said in a statement.

In Warren, Rhode Island, heavy winds uprooted a large Burger King sign and sent it crashing to the ground. No injuries were reported.

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