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@ This Hour: Heavy Rain Fall Causing Major Problems On E. Coast; At Least 5 Dead

LEVITTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - A torrential downpour that washed out roads, cut power to thousands and left five people dead as it crept up the East Coast is edging into the Boston area.

Hard rain began falling in Boston just before 1 p.m Friday. The region was bracing for the same sustained rains that have plagued the Eastern Seaboard down to the Carolinas over the last two days.

Four people, including two children, were killed Thursday when their SUV skidded off a highway about 145 miles east of Raleigh and plunged into a water-filled ditch, North Carolina troopers said. A fifth victim likely drowned when his pickup veered off the road and into a river that was raging because of the rain.

The storm snarled traffic over much of the Northeast on Friday morning.
      
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