At least 2 killed as powerful storm pounds Northeast US

Clay Curtis
May 16, 2018

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

Possible tornadoes were sighted and more than 130,000 customers lost power.

The storms capable of producing damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes appear to be over for now.

The severe storms have ended, but more rain is expected in the region Wednesday. In the City of Newburgh, New York, officials said an 11-year-old girl had just returned home with her mother and was unloading their SUV when the wind caused a large tree to topple into the vehicle, CBS New York reported.

"The flood concern going forward looks to be from Virginia up into Southern New Jersey where rainfall amounts could be 4-8 inches over the coming days with localized amounts exceeding 10 inches", CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.

Danbury's Mayor Mark Boughton said that rescuers had to take a boat to get to the man, because the house was inaccessible due to downed trees. He deployed 125 members of the National Guard to help remove toppled trees and debris, fix downed power lines and assist with traffic control across the state.

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Almost 500,000 customers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Virginia were without power by late Thursday night, fewer power outages than earlier Tuesday, tracking service PowerOutage.us said. It was estimated that 108,000 homes were without power on Tuesday night, the Hartford Courant daily reported.

Powerful winds may have been responsible for blowing the top off a water tower in Morningside Heights.

DANBURY, CT -A man was killed during Tuesday's severe storm.

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.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in several counties in southeast New York and deployed members of the New York National Guard to assist with the recovery. A tornado watch was in effect for parts of upstate NY.

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