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Winter storms on U.S. coasts cause power outages, evacuations

Staff Writer |
As the Northeast faces a hazardous winter storm that's spawned multiple weather hazards, the West Coast is bracing for its own storms -- as eight states from Washington to California are under winter and flood alerts.

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Damaging winds, coastal flooding and heavy, wet snow are wreaking havoc on New England and the Mid-Atlantic as a nor'easter storm moves in, causing widespread power outages that could last for days.

More than 900,000 homes and businesses lost power from the Great Lakes to the mid-Atlantic to the Northeast Friday, during a storm that dumped several inches of snow and downed trees and power lines.

Disruptions from the storm were extensive. Across the nation, 2,587 flights were canceled, and 1,447 flights were delayed just after the noon hour Friday, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware. Strong winds are expected remain through the weekend, with some cancellations already being reported for Saturday.

The air traffic control tower at Washington Dulles International Airport was "evacuated due to high winds," according to an airport tweet.

"FAA controllers are currently transitioning to the airport ramp tower. Normal operations expected to resume shortly."

Widespread damage also was reported in the Washington, D.C., area, where federal offices closed for the day as wind damage downed trees and power lines that fell onto homes and vehicles.

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