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Storm Hits East Coast, Threatening Holiday Travel Plans

NASA/NOAA(NEW YORK) -- Thanksgiving is just one day away, and with that turkey dinner will come a side of travel headaches for many.

A powerful winter-like storm that is being blamed for nearly a dozen deaths has reached the East Coast, threatening the plans of millions of holiday travelers in its path.

The storm is moving from Washington, D.C., to New York City, dumping up to 1 inch of rain per hour Wednesday morning in the major Northeast hubs. Thirteen states from North Carolina to Maine are under Flood Watches and Warnings.

The rain is expected to continue all day Wednesday from Washington to Boston.

Elsewhere, snow is falling in parts of Vermont, Pennsylvania and upstate New York, where some areas have already seen half a foot of snow fall overnight. Winter Weather Advisories and Warnings have been issued for 13 states from Georgia to Maine.

Winds are also expected to be a problem in some areas, with gusts reaching 40 to 50 mph Wednesday afternoon.  A dozen states from Florida to Maine are under Wind Advisories and Warnings.

The storm is forecast to move out of the East Coast Wednesday evening.

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