NY governor says 2 dead, 157K without power after storm

Minnie Murray
May 17, 2018

The storms downed scores of trees and power lines.

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

In Boston and Worcester, flooded roads trapped several cars, according to National Weather Service reports. The young girl was killed when a tree crushed a vehicle she was sitting in on Robinson Avenue near the border of New Windsor, New York. With the exception of Norfolk County, where wind gusts reached 50 miles per hour, most areas of MA saw wind gusts max out below 40 miles per hour. By Wednesday morning, the Mass. Emergency Management Agency reported roughly 400 power outages statewide, mostly in eastern counties.

The Brookfield Police Department said on its Facebook page that First Selectman Steve Dunn had "declared a town disaster".

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.

As of 8 p.m. ET, 496,777 customers in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and CT had lost electricity.

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Rain is expected to continue for the next couple of days over much of the areas that experienced strong winds and rain on Tuesday, but the threat of severe weather has diminished, Pereira said. New York's Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. reported 78 mph wind gusts on Tuesday and about 1,000 lighting strikes per hour.

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

The National Weather Service says powerful thunderstorms created a small weather generated tsunami off the New Jersey coast.

The abnormally high tides were reported in areas from Perth Amboy in New Jersey to Delaware's Fenwick Island.

Schools in Brookfield, Danbury and other towns announced they would be closed on Wednesday due to storm damage.

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.


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