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Blizzard paralyzes southern Romania

If you think Chicago had it bad last winter, check out the blizzard that dumped three feet of snow in under a day over swaths of Southern Romania.

Areas near Bucharest were so paralyzed by the storm that in one instance, the army was called in to help rescue hundreds of travelers stranded on major interstates. The winter blast also caused widespread power outages, a train derailment, flight cancellations and the closure of four ports.

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Romanian gendarmes walk between amid snowed-in cars in Afumati, near Bucharest, on Jan. 26.

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A man speaks on the phone from a snow stranded vehicle on the outskirts of Bucharest, on Jan. 26. The man, who declined to be identified, spent the night in the car fearing it would be damaged by road clearing vehicles if he abandoned it.

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People walk in a blizzard in the village of Catelu, southeast of Bucharest, on Thursday, Jan. 26.

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People walk past tractor trailers snowed-in in Afumati, near Bucharest on Jan. 26. Authorities banned traffic on Romania's only two motorways until weather improves.

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A dog shelters itself from a blizzard in Catelu, on the outskirts of Bucharest, on Jan. 26.

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People trudge along a snowy road out of the shrouding mist on the outskirts of Bucharest on Jan. 26.

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