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2 deaths reported in Virginia amid high winds

March 2, 2018

Jacob Corbin, in bucket, and Mike Smith, lower right, with Corbin Tree Service work on sawing limbs that fell off a tree during a wind storm in Mount Hebron Cemetery in Winchester, Va. on Friday March 2, 2018. Trees were downed and power outages were reported all over the area due to the high winds. (Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star via AP)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Authorities in Virginia say a man and a six-year-old boy have died after being injured by falling trees as a nor’easter brought gusty winds to the state.

Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency Friday afternoon, as the storm pounded the East Coast, also packing heavy rain and intermittent snow further north.

In James City County, police said one man died after wind toppled a tree onto a vehicle.

In Chester, local media report a 6-year-old boy died after a tree fell on his home.

The wind also led to widespread power outages, prompted school closures, snarled traffic and closed bridges.

Hundreds of flights were also canceled at airports throughout the region.

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