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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

At Least 8 Dead in Fierce U.S. Storm

TRENTON, New Jersey -- A powerful spring storm expected to be the worst of its kind in almost 15 years pounded the East Coast of the United States on Monday, bringing relentless rains, flooding rivers, and prompting evacuations from New Jersey to West Virginia. It has been blamed for eight deaths so far.

The governors of West Virginia and New Jersey declared states of emergency, giving them extra powers to handle storm-related problems. New York's governor, meanwhile, deployed 3,200 National Guard members to areas that might be affected by the storm. Power officials said about 7,500 customers lost power across Long Island on Sunday. Some residents along Long Island Sound were urged to evacuate.

The storm was expected to be the worst of its kind since the December 1992 nor'easter that caused millions of dollars worth of damage to buildings and forced thousands of evacuations. One person was killed by one of three tornadoes that touched down in South Carolina, destroying or damaging dozens of mobile homes. Two people died in car accidents in New York and Connecticut.