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Associated Press
Waves pound a lighthouse on the shores of Lake Erie on Tuesday near Cleveland. High winds spinning off the edge of superstorm Sandy took a vicious swipe at northeast Ohio early Tuesday, uprooting trees, cutting power to hundreds of thousands, closing schools and flooding parts of major commuter arteries that run along Lake Erie.

2 die in northwest Ohio crashes

CLEVELAND – Authorities say a pair of car crashes on icy roads in northwest Ohio have killed two people and are the first storm-related deaths in the state.

The edge of superstorm Sandy brought snow, ice and rain to Ohio on Tuesday. It cut power to hundreds of thousands and closed schools across the northern half of the state.

The State Highway Patrol said one woman died Tuesday morning after losing control of her car on an ice-covered bridge east of Toledo.

Deputies in Putnam County said a 22-year-old man died after hitting a van on an icy road.

Northeast Ohio took the brunt of the storm. Most of the 250,000 homes and businesses were without power are in the Cleveland area.

The state said nearly 400 highway crews are clearing debris from roads.