Powerful storm hits Northeast with rain, hail, possible tornadoes

17 May, 2018, 01:20 | Author: Kim Reid
  • The severe storm downed trees and utility poles sparked a vehicle fire in East Rutherford N.J. police said

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

An 11-year-old girl died in Newburgh, New York when a large tree fell on the vehicle she was in, AP said.

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. Two other people were killed in CT in separate incidents when trees fell on their vehicles, local media reported.

More than 80,000 power outages were reported across Connecticut Wednesday morning, according to Eversource.

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A woman checks her cell phone as she walks in the heavy rain showers in downtown Washington, May 14, 2018.

There were almost 50 reports of hail in states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and CT, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

Earlier in the day, upstate NY pounded by thunderstorms and baseball-size hail. Watches and warnings are in effect from Pennsylvania to New England for severe storms and possible tornadoes.

Tuesday night's severe thunderstorms resulted in the deaths of at least four people across the northeast.

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

Officials in that city had every road closed because of downed trees, power lines and debris. Thousands of people were stranded at the station, ABC New York station WABC reported.

Airlines canceled and delayed flights in and out of the region. That had declined to 359,534 by 5:45 a.m. today. Hundreds of thousands of residents remain without electricity. A tornado watch was in effect for parts of upstate NY. Wind speeds in Danbury were measured at over 70 miles per hour at times during the storm.

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

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