Powerful Northeast Storms Kill Two, Snarl Commutes, Knock Out Power to Thousands

Commuters wait as service was temporarily suspended on all Metro North lines at Grand Central Terminal due to storms in Manhattan New York

Falling trees also killed two people in CT in separate incidents, as well as a person in Pennsylvania, local media reported.

In the city of Newburgh in Orange County, an 11-year-old girl was killed when powerful winds caused a tree to fall on a parked auto as her mother was unloading packages from the vehicle.

A violent spring storm that killed at least five people in the northeastern United States downed trees and power lines, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power on Wednesday. Concourses were packed with passengers waiting for service to resume.

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

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

The National Weather Service confirmed a man in Danbury, Connecticut and an 11-year-old girl in Newburgh, New York died Tuesday due to fallen trees. A teenager also suffered serious injuries when he was hit by the roof of a dugout on a baseball field, Boughton said.

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. More than 120,000 customers lost power and roads in many towns were impassible.

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Officials in Brookfield, Connecticut, declared a town disaster and told residents to stay inside until they could assess the damage.

As of Wednesday morning, seven CT state parks were closed due to storm damage.

The airport announced Tuesday afternoon that for safety reasons, flight operations have been suspended.

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

At the height of the storm, 122,000 homes in CT were without power.

According to Eversource, there are over 13,000 outages reported across the state.

Officials say meteotsunamis are driven by air-pressure disturbances often associated with fast-moving weather events, such as severe thunderstorms, squalls, and other storm fronts.

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