Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

Clean-up under way after deadly storms pound north-east United States

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Deanna Wagner | 17 May, 2018, 03:33

Two people were fatally struck by falling trees in CT; two others were fatally struck by trees in Newburgh, in Orange County, where an 11-year-old girl died after a tree fell on her outside her home, ABC 7 reports.

Residents in the north-east of the United State have begun clean-up operations after powerful storms pounded the region with torrential rain and marble-sized hail, leaving at least three people dead and more than 200,000 homes and businesses without power. A man living near Candlewood Lake was killed when a tree came down right on top of him.

State Police say that at approximately 5:10 pm on Tuesday, May 15 New Fairfield Police and fire personnel responded to Brush Hill Road, near Gillotti Road for a reported tree that struck a passing vehicle.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said a teenager also suffered serious injuries when he was hit by the roof of a dugout on a baseball field.

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

More than 157,000 utility customers in NY were without power midday Wednesday.

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

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The storms downed trees and power lines across the region.

Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, and Sullivan Counties, and 125 National Guard members were deployed to help remove toppled trees and debris, fix downed power lines, and assist with traffic control across the state, Fox News reported. Several lightning strikes led to structure fires in New Jersey and MA.

Schools canceled classes or delayed opening on Wednesday. Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. reported 78 mph wind gusts and about 1,000 lighting strikes per hour.

Most air traffic was back to normal yesterday morning after more than 500 flights were cancelled at the three major airports serving the NY area on Tuesday, and more than 100 at Boston's Logan International, according to tracking service FlightAware.com. Metro-North service resumed in the late evening, though some service changes continued today north of the city due to downed trees.

Damage to train tracks from severe weather has suspended Brunswick, Maryland's MARC's Brunswick Line service.

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

More rain is expected over the next few days, with potential flooding through Saturday.