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storm The latest storm is being strengthened not only by the sharp gradient of warm and cold air but also record warm spots in the Atlantic. (AP Photo: Daniel Barry)

(Bloomberg) – A potentially record-breaking nor’easter pummeled the U.S. East Coast with wind, snow and rain Friday, grounding more than 2,300 flights and leaving 760,000 homes and businesses without power.

Wind-driven snow battered New York City, Pennsylvania and northern New England, as gusts of more than 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour) were reported at airports in Washington, the National Weather Service said. Tropical-storm strength winds were recorded in Boston.

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