Storm in northeast US kills two, causes power outages

Powerful Northeast Storms Kill Two, Snarl Commutes, Knock Out Power to Thousands

Powerful Northeast Storms Kill Two, Snarl Commutes, Knock Out Power to Thousands

Service on one of the busiest train lines in the Northeast has been suspended due to the weather.

After a sticky, summer-like day, a powerful front bore down on the northeastern USA, bringing with it rain, hail and the possibility of tornadoes. Some extremely large hail, and strong damaging winds are likely with this line as are a couple of tornadoes as each storm shifts east and south.

A man was sitting in his truck when a tree fell on it, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton told FOX61. And in NY, an 11-year-old girl died when a tree toppled onto the auto she was in.

The severe storms have ended, but more rain is expected in the region Wednesday.

Some 360,000 customers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and West Virginia were without power, tracking service PowerOutage.us said. It was estimated that 108,000 homes were without power on Tuesday night, the Hartford Courant daily reported.

More than 148,000 utility customers in NY were without power early Wednesday.


There were multiple reports of high water throughout Maryland, especially in Frederick and Montgomery counties, the Maryland State Highway Administration said.

In New York City on Tuesday evening, thousands of commuters were stranded in Grand Central Terminal after rail lines were temporarily suspended due to downed trees on the tracks. Most winds were 60-70 miles per hour while a few reached over 70, CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward said.

The National Weather Service had received more than 100 severe storm reports shortly after 6 p.m., including reports of baseball-size hail and wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour.

Several counties in NY state were declared to be in a state of emergency, and the National Guard has been mobilized to remove fallen trees and fix the power grid.

"New York has once again withstood the fury of Mother Nature and now is the time for the state and our local partners to get communities throughout the Mid-Hudson region up and running again", the governor said in a statement.

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