11-year-old Girl Killed, Mom Injured by Downed Tree

Cuomo Declares State Of Emergency In 4 Counties As Storm Cleanup Begins

Cuomo Declares State Of Emergency In 4 Counties As Storm Cleanup Begins

In New York, falling trees in Newburgh claimed the lives of an 11-year-old girl in a parked vehicle and a woman who was driving.

The storm also has been blamed for the death of a CT man who was killed when a tree fell onto the truck he was taking shelter in.

As of Wednesday night, almost 300,000 customers were without power in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The girl and her mother had arrived home on Robinson Avenue in Newburgh at about 4:15 p.m. and were unloading the auto when police say the wind caused a large tree to topple onto the vehicle. They said the mother suffered only minor injuries. A tree fell on the truck and he was killed.

The storms downed trees and power lines across the region and lightning strikes led to structure fires in New Jersey and Massachusetts, AP reports. Weather officials confirmed two tornadoes in Putnam County, an EF2 with peak winds of 110 miles per hour and an EF1 with peak winds of 100 miles per hour.

In New York's Grand Central Station, thousands were stranded when the Metro North railroad was shut down Tuesday evening. Putnam County grappled with 144 closed roads.

"The mother was on the porch, crying, 'My daughter, my daughter, '" Ramon Rodriguez, a witness, told NBC News 4 NY.

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