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

Casey Dawson
May 17, 2018

Hundreds of thousands of people remained without power in the US Northeast on Wednesday after ferocious storms packing fierce winds and hail battered the region, killing three people. She and her mother were sitting inside an SUV in Newburgh, New York when a tree came crashing down on top of them.

CT officials said a man was killed Tuesday when a tree fell on his truck in New Fairfield, and in Danbury, a man who had taken refuge to escape the storm was killed when a tree fell on his truck.

Also in CT, a teenager was seriously injured on a baseball field in Danbury when the roof of a dugout was ripped off by the wind and struck the boy.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Twitter Tuesday night that he was declaring a state of emergency in Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and Sullivan counties and "deploying members of the New York National Guard to assist with recovery operations".

"We ask that you remain indoors for the duration of this evening, until we can better assess damages tomorrow", police in the CT town urged residents.

Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, and Sullivan Counties, and 125 National Guard members were deployed to help remove toppled trees and debris, fix downed power lines, and assist with traffic control across the state, Fox News reported.

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Schools canceled classes or delayed opening on Wednesday.

Lightning strikes from the storms causes several fires in New Jersey and Massachusetts, AP said.

In New York City, the Metro-North Railroad suspended some service because of downed trees on the tracks. The line will reopen on Thursday, officials told news outlets. Concourses were packed with passengers waiting for service to resume.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the powerful storms that swept through CT caused extensive damage, and power won't likely be restored to some locations for days.

Rain is expected to continue for the next couple of days over much of the areas that experienced strong winds and rain on Tuesday, but the threat of severe weather has diminished, Pereira said.

Rainfall totals likely will be the highest in the mid-Atlantic, where more than 4 inches is possible in certain spots.

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