2 dead in CT, thousands without power after storms strike

17 May, 2018, 05:12 | Author: Carlos George
  • The severe storm downed trees and utility poles sparked a vehicle fire in East Rutherford N.J. police said

There were more than 100 reports of hail in states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and CT, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

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.

The abnormally high tides were reported in areas from Perth Amboy in New Jersey to Delaware's Fenwick Island. Most meteotsunamis are too small to notice.

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. An 11-year-old NY girl was killed when a large tree toppled onto the vehicle she was in.

More than 90,000 customers of the state's two major utilities remained without power on Wednesday morning, a lot of them in the western part of the state.

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.

Earlier in the day, upstate NY pounded by thunderstorms and baseball-size hail.

Officials in CT expect full power restoration will take days and 17 state roads there remain closed due to downed trees and power lines, the Courant said.

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The National Weather Service is investigating whether any tornadoes occurred Tuesday.

Downed trees and utility poles impacted MA as well, though the severity did not reach the level reported in other northeast regions.

At Grand Central Station in NY, line service for Hudson, Harlem, and New Haven were suspended due to the storms, the station's Twitter feed said.

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

Roads in many towns were impassible and some schools cancelled classes due to the damage.

Airlines also canceled and delayed flights in and out of the region.

At Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal early on Tuesday evening, transit commuters stood cheek by jowl, with many people taking selfies to document the surreal scene. Concourses were packed with passengers waiting for service to resume.

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