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Powerful storm lashes Northeast a day after sweeping through nation's midsection

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    A person pushes a cart to spread salt on a snowy sidewalk at Military Park in downtown Newark, N.J. on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (The Associated Press)

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    Audrey Boykin salvages personal items from the caved in home of Dorothy Dixon in Centreville, Miss. on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. A tree fell into the home, but no one was home at the time the tree fell on Dixon's home, except for Dixon's dogs who were unharmed. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Enterprise-Journal, Philip Hall) (The Associated Press)

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    Strong winds and heavy snow continue in the Upper Northeast as a potent winter storm lifts from the Gulf of Maine to Nova Scotia. Meanwhile, developing low pressure brings thunderstorms to the Gulf Coast States, while snow returns to the Midwest. (AP Photo/Weather Underground) (The Associated Press)

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    A tree service employee trims the broken branches of this tree in McNeill, Miss., Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said Wednesday. Hundreds of trees were damaged or destroyed, many with broken branches overhanging homes or property. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) (The Associated Press)

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    Ian Rone, 12, surprises Alena Byrn. 16, with a face full of flakes while snowball fighting at the Overton Shell, Wednesday Dec. 26, 2012 in Memphis, Tenn. Memphis managed to avoid the heavy snow that blanketed much of Arkansas, but Overton park was bustling with kids taking advantage of an almost white Christmas. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Jim Weber) (The Associated Press)

The death toll from a powerful winter storm that pushed through the nation's midsection into the Northeast has risen to 12.

The storm has dropped about a foot in some parts of the Northeast Thursday, a day after it dumped a record snowfall in Arkansas and ruined holiday travel plans around the region.

The National Weather Service says the Northeast's heaviest accumulations will be in northern Pennsylvania, upstate New York and inland sections of several New England states.

In coastal areas, the storm is mostly bringing high winds and heavy rain.

Thousands of travelers were trying to make it home Thursday after the fierce storm stranded them at airports or relatives' homes around the region.

The latest storm-related deaths include a man checking on a disabled vehicle near Allentown, Pa., who was struck and killed Wednesday night, and two people killed in separate crashes in Virginia.