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Powerful South American storm causes death, damage

2:52 PM, Sep 19, 2012   |    comments
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ASUNCION, Paraguay - A powerful storm has killed five people in Paraguay and left thousands homeless across the southern cone of South America.

With winds of near-hurricane strength and heavy rains, the storm system has destroyed thousands of makeshift homes in Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay.

Many power lines are down across the region, and rivers are overflowing their banks. Shopping malls have been closed Wednesday in Uruguay as a precaution, and ferry service between Montevideo and Buenos Aires remains suspended.

Near Paraguay's capital of Asuncion, four soldiers were killed when their dormitory roof caved in, and a woman was killed by a falling sign.

The system also sucked humidity from northwestern Argentina, where high winds and hot temperatures combined to spark at least eight wildfires.

The Associated Press

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