Reuters reports that the unseasonable blizzard that hit the U.S. Rocky Mountain and Plains states this week is now moving eastward. Weather officials say the storm has weakened but is still packing hurricane-force winds and heavy rain. Bob Oravec, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said on Thursday "While the storm has reached its lowest pressure and will gradually weaken over the next few days, strong winds will continue on the west side of the storm across portions of the Central and Northern Plains." Hurricane-force winds involve frequent gusts or sustained winds of more than 74 miles per hour.

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