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Slow-moving storms head east after blanketing U.S. Midwest

From Reuters - April 15, 2018

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Deadly slow-moving storms generating record snowfall and low temperatures in the U.S. Midwest moved eastward on Sunday, leaving stranded airline travelers and thousands without power.

In Michigan, where snowfall was expected to reach 18 inches (46 cm) in some areas, about 325,000 homes and businesses were without power, most of them in the southeast of the state.

In the Detroit metro area, more than 310,000 customers of DTE Energy (DTE.N) lost power on Sunday because of ice storms, DTE spokeswoman Jewell Pearson said.

Icy roads were also posing a challenge for utility trucks, which could prolong some of the outages, she said.

Tornado watches were in effect over the Carolinas, but no tornadoes had been reported by early Sunday afternoon, said National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Hurley.

The storms stretched from the Gulf Coast to the Midwest and were moving into the Northeast and New England.

The heaviest snows of 12 inches to 18 inches (30-46 cm) hit upper Michigan and Wisconsin, while the southern portions of those two states were experiencing ice storms, Hurley said.

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