Sunday, 19 August, 2018

2 dead, thousands without power as storm lashes US

Park Slope in the aftermath of yesterday's deadly thunderstorms Park Slope in the aftermath of yesterday's deadly thunderstorms
Faye Gross | 17 May, 2018, 00:40

At least two people are dead and thousands of customers are without power Wednesday in CT after severe storms pounded the state. And in NY, an 11-year-old girl died when a tree toppled onto the auto she was in.

At least five people, including an 11-year-old girl, were killed by falling trees from severe weather in the Northeast on Tuesday, and more rain is headed to the region today. On Tuesday a powerful storm system covered the northeast with rain, hail the size of Golf balls and destructive winds.

More than 90,000 customers of the state's two major utilities remained without power on Wednesday morning, majority in the western part of the state. Hundreds of thousands of residents remain without electricity.

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Downed trees and utility poles impacted MA as well, though the severity did not reach the level reported in other northeast regions. "AVOID all down trees and utility poles as they may still involve LIVE power lines", the Brookfield Police Department said on Facebook.

Morning commuters in New York and Boston were expected to face patchy dense fog, the National Weather Service warned, while some commuter trains in the New York City metro area were suspended or delayed. Lightning strikes and fallen electrical wires led to fires in New Jersey. Concourses were packed with passengers waiting for service to resume.

Earlier in the day, upstate NY pounded by thunderstorms and baseball-size hail. The biggest threat for flooding will be from southern New Jersey to Virginia, where 4-8 inches of rain could fall with localized heavier amounts possible.

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