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EAST COAST SHIVERING DUE TO RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES

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Frosty Canadian air swooped along the East Coast Tuesday, tying or shattering records from New Hampshire to South Carolina.

Thermometers on New Hampshire's Mount Washington, the tallest peak in the Northeast, plunged to 12-degree readings early Tuesday while the mercury dipped below 30 degrees in Hartford, Conn., for the first time since late April.Clear skies and light winds allowed a high-pressure system already responsible for record lows Monday in more than a dozen Michigan, Ohio and Indiana cities to sweep to the East Monday night, forcing amateur gardeners to scramble to protect their plants while homeowners turned up the heat and dug out winter blankets.

By Tuesday morning, temperatures in at least eight cities in seven states - New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina - had fallen to new all-time Oct. 10 lows or tied previous records.

The lowest of Tuesday's record readings was 23 in Concord, N.H., tying a record set in 1980.

In Connecticut, activists called for more shelter facilities after the death of a homeless man Sunday on a New Haven street.