Storm soaks U.S. Northeast, with second wave expected before Halloween

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By Barbara Goldberg and Peter Szekely NEW YORK (Reuters) -Heavy rains soaked the densely populated U.S. Northeast on Tuesday, flooding roadways and triggering traffic accidents in the first phase of storm system expected to lash the region with gale-force winds and tidal surges before the Halloween weekend. Overnight downpours that drenched the Eastern seaboard from Washington, D.C., to New York City persisted throughout the morning, and commuters in New Jersey reported vehicle crashes on roadways resembling rivers, weather watchers said. Heading into Massachusetts, the Nor’easter was expected…

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