Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

2 dead, thousands without power after storms strike

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Leonard Rios | 17 May, 2018, 07:44

Her three-year-old passenger did not appear to be injured and was taken to Danbury hospital for evaluation.

New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and Sullivan counties.

The storms were blamed for the deaths of two people whose vehicles were hit by trees in New Fairfield and Danbury.

By daybreak, more than 370,000 residents were without power in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, down from more than 600,000 on Tuesday night.

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

An 11-year-old girl was killed on Tuesday afternoon when strong winds caused a tree to fall on a parked auto in Newburgh, New York, the Daily Freeman newspaper in Kingston, N.Y., reported.

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Cuomo, a Democrat, said there could be federal assistance, depending on the extent of the damage. Known as a meteotsunami, it resulted in fluctuating water levels for several hours. Gov. Dannel Malloy said damage was being assessed across the state for possible disaster declarations, with the most hard-hit areas being in southwestern CT.

In New York City, thousands of commuters were stranded at Grand Central Station during rush hour Tuesday after Metro North service was suspended due to downed trees on tracks, ABC said. But there were no reports of damage from the abnormally high tides reported in areas from Perth Amboy in New Jersey to Delaware's Fenwick Island.

The thunderstorms brought dangerously high winds, hail, lightning and flash flooding to parts of the northeast region early yesterday evening, downing trees and knocking out power-an estimated 100,000 CT residents lost power due to the storm.

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

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

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

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