Dec. 23 - Ice storms and heavy snowfall hit the United States and Canada, while in Toronto powerful winds leave hundreds without electricity possibly until Christmas Day. Sarah Toms reports.
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Winter brings snow and high winds to North America.
Icy rain across much of Canada turned roads and pavements into skating rinks.
Here in the Canadian city of Toronto, ice storms knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses. An estimated 350,000 customers are without electricity in eastern Canada.
Media reports say power could be out until December 25th, leaving Canadians out in the cold.
In the U.S., heavy snowfall, ice storms and tornadoes have caused flight delays and unsafe road conditions, wreaking havoc on Christmas travel plans.
Tornado watches were issued for Tennessee, Arkansas and here in Louisiana, where powerful winds swept through the southern state scattering debris in their wake.
In Monroe the facade of this bookstore was ripped away.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) WITNESS DAVID HANKS SAYING:
"We heard something falling, and then we saw the letters falling, and then we saw the sides of the wall falling, and then I saw the transformer over there blew up and flashed everywhere. The glass started shattering."
In the U.S. alone more than 700 flights have been cancelled and more than 11,000 delayed.