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U.S. holiday travel seen difficult as storm hits

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An automobile sits upside down in the car lot of Mercedes-Benz of Mobile following a winter storm in Mobile, Alabama, December 20, 2012. The first major winter storm of the year took aim at the U.S. Midwest on Thursday, triggering high wind and blizzard warnings across a widespread area, and a threat of tornadoes in Gulf Coast states to the south. REUTERS/Jon Hauge

An automobile sits upside down in the car lot of Mercedes-Benz of Mobile following a winter storm in Mobile, Alabama, December 20, 2012. The first major winter storm of the year took aim at the U.S. Midwest on Thursday, triggering high wind and blizzard warnings across a widespread area, and a threat of tornadoes in Gulf Coast states to the south. REUTERS/Jon Hauge
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Mike Vaughn looks over the damage at a Mercedes-Benz dealership following a winter storm in Mobile, Alabama, December 20, 2012. The first major winter storm of the year took aim at the U.S. Midwest on Thursday, triggering high wind and blizzard warnings across a widespread area, and a threat of tornadoes in Gulf Coast states to the south. REUTERS/Jon Hauge

Mike Vaughn looks over the damage at a Mercedes-Benz dealership following a winter storm in Mobile, Alabama, December 20, 2012. The first major winter storm of the year took aim at the U.S. Midwest on Thursday, triggering high wind and blizzard warnings across a widespread area, and a threat of tornadoes in Gulf Coast states to the south. REUTERS/Jon Hauge
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An automobile at Mercedes-Benz of Mobile is crushed by a light poll following a winter storm in Mobile, Alabama, December 20, 2012. The first major winter storm of the year took aim at the U.S. Midwest on Thursday, triggering high wind and blizzard warnings across a widespread area, and a threat of tornadoes in Gulf Coast states to the south. REUTERS/Jon Hauge

An automobile at Mercedes-Benz of Mobile is crushed by a light poll following a winter storm in Mobile, Alabama, December 20, 2012. The first major winter storm of the year took aim at the U.S. Midwest on Thursday, triggering high wind and blizzard warnings across a widespread area, and a threat of tornadoes in Gulf Coast states to the south. REUTERS/Jon Hauge
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An automobile at Mercedes-Benz of Mobile is crushed by a light poll following a winter storm in Mobile, Alabama, December 20, 2012. The first major winter storm of the year took aim at the U.S. Midwest on Thursday, triggering high wind and blizzard warnings across a widespread area, and a threat of tornadoes in Gulf Coast states to the south. REUTERS/Jon Hauge

An automobile at Mercedes-Benz of Mobile is crushed by a light poll following a winter storm in Mobile, Alabama, December 20, 2012. The first major winter storm of the year took aim at the U.S. Midwest on Thursday, triggering high wind and blizzard warnings across a widespread area, and a threat of tornadoes in Gulf Coast states to the south. REUTERS/Jon Hauge
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An automobile sits upside down in the car lot of Mercedes-Benz of Mobile following a winter storm in Mobile, Alabama, December 20, 2012. The first major winter storm of the year took aim at the U.S. Midwest on Thursday, triggering high wind and blizzard warnings across a widespread area, and a threat of tornadoes in Gulf Coast states to the south. REUTERS/Jon Hauge

An automobile sits upside down in the car lot of Mercedes-Benz of Mobile following a winter storm in Mobile, Alabama, December 20, 2012. The first major winter storm of the year took aim at the U.S. Midwest on Thursday, triggering high wind and blizzard warnings across a widespread area, and a threat of tornadoes in Gulf Coast states to the south. REUTERS/Jon Hauge
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A broken tree branch is seen on a snow covered residential street following a winter storm in Omaha, Nebraska, December 20, 2012. The first major winter storm of the year took aim at the U.S. Midwest on Thursday, triggering high wind and blizzard warnings across a widespread area, and a threat of tornadoes in Gulf Coast states to the south. REUTERS/Stringer

A broken tree branch is seen on a snow covered residential street following a winter storm in Omaha, Nebraska, December 20, 2012. The first major winter storm of the year took aim at the U.S. Midwest on Thursday, triggering high wind and blizzard warnings across a widespread area, and a threat of tornadoes in Gulf Coast states to the south. REUTERS/Stringer
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An automobile is damaged by a Mercedes-Benz dealership sign following a winter storm in Mobile, Alabama, December 20, 2012. The first major winter storm of the year took aim at the U.S. Midwest on Thursday, triggering high wind and blizzard warnings across a widespread area, and a threat of tornadoes in Gulf Coast states to the south. REUTERS/Jon Hauge

An automobile is damaged by a Mercedes-Benz dealership sign following a winter storm in Mobile, Alabama, December 20, 2012. The first major winter storm of the year took aim at the U.S. Midwest on Thursday, triggering high wind and blizzard warnings across a widespread area, and a threat of tornadoes in Gulf Coast states to the south. REUTERS/Jon Hauge
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An automobile is damaged by a Mercedes-Benz dealership sign following a winter storm in Mobile, Alabama, December 20, 2012. The first major winter storm of the year took aim at the U.S. Midwest on Thursday, triggering high wind and blizzard warnings across a widespread area, and a threat of tornadoes in Gulf Coast states to the south. REUTERS/Jon Hauge

An automobile is damaged by a Mercedes-Benz dealership sign following a winter storm in Mobile, Alabama, December 20, 2012. The first major winter storm of the year took aim at the U.S. Midwest on Thursday, triggering high wind and blizzard warnings across a widespread area, and a threat of tornadoes in Gulf Coast states to the south. REUTERS/Jon Hauge
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An automobile is damaged by a Mercedes-Benz dealership sign following a winter storm in Mobile, Alabama, December 20, 2012. The first major winter storm of the year took aim at the U.S. Midwest on Thursday, triggering high wind and blizzard warnings across a widespread area, and a threat of tornadoes in Gulf Coast states to the south. REUTERS/Jon Hauge

An automobile is damaged by a Mercedes-Benz dealership sign following a winter storm in Mobile, Alabama, December 20, 2012. The first major winter storm of the year took aim at the U.S. Midwest on Thursday, triggering high wind and blizzard warnings across a widespread area, and a threat of tornadoes in Gulf Coast states to the south. REUTERS/Jon Hauge
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An automobile is damaged by a Mercedes-Benz dealership sign following a winter storm in Mobile, Alabama, December 20, 2012. The first major winter storm of the year took aim at the U.S. Midwest on Thursday, triggering high wind and blizzard warnings across a widespread area, and a threat of tornadoes in Gulf Coast states to the south. REUTERS/Jon Hauge

An automobile is damaged by a Mercedes-Benz dealership sign following a winter storm in Mobile, Alabama, December 20, 2012. The first major winter storm of the year took aim at the U.S. Midwest on Thursday, triggering high wind and blizzard warnings across a widespread area, and a threat of tornadoes in Gulf Coast states to the south. REUTERS/Jon Hauge
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Emergency personnel work on scene after an accident on Interstate 35 near Hamilton/Wright County line in Iowa in this handout photo from Iowa State Patrol, taken on December 20, 2012. REUTERS/Iowa State Patrol/Handout

Emergency personnel work on scene after an accident on Interstate 35 near Hamilton/Wright County line in Iowa in this handout photo from Iowa State Patrol, taken on December 20, 2012. REUTERS/Iowa State Patrol/Handout
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Cars and semi trucks are seen damaged after an accident on Interstate 35 near Hamilton/Wright County line in Iowa in this handout photo from Iowa State Patrol, taken on December 20, 2012. REUTERS/Iowa State Patrol/Handout

Cars and semi trucks are seen damaged after an accident on Interstate 35 near Hamilton/Wright County line in Iowa in this handout photo from Iowa State Patrol, taken on December 20, 2012. REUTERS/Iowa State Patrol/Handout
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Emergency personnel work on scene after an accident on Interstate 35 near Hamilton/Wright County line in Iowa in this handout photo from Iowa State Patrol, taken on December 20, 2012. REUTERS/Iowa State Patrol/Handout

Emergency personnel work on scene after an accident on Interstate 35 near Hamilton/Wright County line in Iowa in this handout photo from Iowa State Patrol, taken on December 20, 2012. REUTERS/Iowa State Patrol/Handout
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Semi trucks are seen damaged after an accident on Interstate 35 near Hamilton/Wright County line in Iowa in this handout photo from Iowa State Patrol, taken on December 20, 2012. REUTERS/Iowa State Patrol/Handout

Semi trucks are seen damaged after an accident on Interstate 35 near Hamilton/Wright County line in Iowa in this handout photo from Iowa State Patrol, taken on December 20, 2012. REUTERS/Iowa State Patrol/Handout
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