Storms slam US Northeast, snarling transport and causing power outages


The storms downed scores of trees and power lines.

There were almost 50 reports of hail in states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and CT, the National Weather Service (NWS) said. A man living near Candlewood Lake was killed when a tree came down right on top of him.

Two people died and thousands of homes and businesses were without power after strong storms pounded the Northeast on Tuesday. Her 3-year-old child was not injured.

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

The storm brought with it large size hail and high winds, which reached estimated speeds of 150-miles-per-hour which has left many people without power.

More than 148,000 utility customers in NY were without power early on Wednesday. Baseball-sized hail has been reported in upstate NY, as well as high flood waters. In Connecticut, the state's two major utilities reported 90,000 without electricity, most in the western part of the state. Two people were fatally struck by falling trees in CT; two others were fatally struck by trees in Newburgh, in Orange County, where an 11-year-old girl died after a tree fell on her outside her home, ABC 7 reports.

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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. Lightning strikes and fallen electrical wires led to fires in New Jersey.

Schools across much of the effected Northeast cancelled Wednesday's classes as roads remained impassable.

A man who had been mowing his lawn and sought refuge in his truck was killed when a tree fell on the vehicle in Danbury, Connecticut, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said, according to the Hartford Courant newspaper.

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In addition, has been canceled almost 400 flights at airports in NY. In New York City, where skies quickly turned ominous, thousands of commuters were stranded in Grand Central Terminal after rail lines were temporarily suspended due to downed trees on the tracks.