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In pictures: Freak snowstorms paralyse north-east US

The storms have been blamed for at least 21 deaths, while more than two million homes have been left without power.

Image: Julio Cortez/AP/Press Association Images

AROUND TWO MILLION homes have been left without power in the US after freak snowstorms hit large areas of the north-east over the weekend.

The storm has been blamed for at least 21 deaths, including one in Canada, mostly caused by falling trees, traffic accidents or electrocutions from downed wires. Eight people died in Pennsylvania alone.

One town in Massachusetts saw 81cm of snow over Saturday and Sunday, with the storm hitting areas as far north as Maine and as far south as Maryland.

More than 3 million homes and businesses lost power at the height of the storm, although by last night, that number was down to around 2.2 million.

States of emergency were declared in New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and areas of New York, according to the BBC. Local authorities have said it could be up to a week before power supplies are restored.

The storms have been especially damaging because they came so early, meaning leaves are still on the trees. A spokesman for the US national grid told Reuters: “It was like wet cement that just adhered to trees, branches, leaves and power lines. That’s what really caused the damage.”

In pictures: Freak snowstorms paralyse north-east US
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    Roads in New Britain, Connecticut (AP Photo/Bettina Hansen, Pool)
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    The snow-covered intersection of Autumn and Grove Streets in Lodi, New Jersey (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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    Penn State fans in the stands at a college football game in Pennsylvania (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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    A snowplough truck backs away from a street blocked by downed power lines in North Andover, Massachusetts (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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    A portion of road in Newton, New Jersey (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
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    A sign announces a safe Halloween party to be hosted at the fire department in Paramus, New Jersey (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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    Mary Lou Wilder clears off her car in Cornwall on Hudson, New York (AP Photo/Lee Ferris)
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    Tracy Ward, of Wilbraham, Massachusetts, prepares dinner by the light of lanterns for her family during a blackout in their home (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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    A tree is split in two due to heavy snow in Belmont, Massachusetts (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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    Stranded passengers rest on cots a day after a storm at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
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    Route 2 in Belmont, Massachusetts (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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    Snow is on an NYPD car in Times Square (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
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    The Roxbury Mall in Roxbury, New Jersey is darkened and closed due to a power outage (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

- Additional reporting from AP

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