Hundreds of thousands remain without power after deadly storm pounds US Northeast

Hundreds of thousands remain without power after deadly storm pounds US Northeast

Hundreds of thousands remain without power after deadly storm pounds US Northeast

The storms downed scores of trees and power lines.

Weather officials confirmed two tornadoes in Putnam County, an EF2 with peak winds of 110 mph and an EF1 with peak winds of 100 mph, and a third tornado in Newburgh in Orange County, an EF0 with peak winds of 85 mph.

National Weather Service officials are trying to confirm whether any tornadoes touched down.

Local news showed footage of trees resting on top of crushed cars and houses, vehicles submerged in water and residents handling large hail, some the size of tennis balls.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in several counties in southeast New York and deployed members of the New York National Guard to assist with the recovery.

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

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

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.

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. Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. reported 78 mph wind gusts and about 1,000 lighting strikes per hour. 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.

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

As of Wednesday morning, Boughton announced that the city's public schools would remain closed due to power outages.

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

At Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal early on Tuesday evening, transit commuters stood cheek by jowl, with many people taking selfies to document the surreal scene. Concourses were packed with passengers waiting for service to resume.

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