At least 3 dead after Northeast storms; hundreds of thousands without power
17 May, 2018, 03:32 | Author: Sheila Harris
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. 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. Officials said a man was killed in Danbury when a tree fell on his truck.
CT officials said two people in New Fairfield and Danbury were killed Tuesday in separate accidents when trees fell on their trucks, including a woman whose 3-year-old child escaped injury.
Much of the ferocity of the storms had dissipated by 10:30 p.m. ET but flash flood warnings were still in effect for eastern Maryland, Delaware, and southern New Jersey, where rain continued to be heavy, said Frank Pereira, a meteorologist with the NWS. Police in Newburg said the girl and her mother had arrived home and were unloading the auto when strong winds knocked the tree onto the vehicle.
The Brookfield Police Department said on its Facebook page that First Selectman Steve Dunn had "declared a town disaster". Some residents were trapped in their homes by damage and debris and town leaders in some communities declared states of emergency.
The storms downed trees and power lines across the region. New York's Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. reported 78 mph wind gusts on Tuesday and about 1,000 lighting strikes per hour. Several lightning strikes led to structure fires in New Jersey and MA.
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"It's not verified whether there was tornadic activity, but it was about as close to tornadic activity in a very heavily populated area as you can get", Danbury mayor Mark Boughton told local news station WTNH.
Earlier in the day, upstate NY pounded by thunderstorms and baseball-size hail.
Tuesday night's severe thunderstorms resulted in the deaths of at least four people across the northeast.
More rain is expected over the next few days, with potential flooding through Saturday.
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