2 dead, thousands without power as storm lashes US

2 dead, thousands without power as storm lashes US

The powerful thunderstorms that swept through the Northeast on Tuesday brought torrential rain and marble-sized hail and knocked out power to more than 200,000 homes and businesses. A man living near Candlewood Lake was killed when a tree came down right on top of him. Lightning strikes and fallen electrical wires led to fires in New Jersey. It was estimated some 330,000 in total were still without power across New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and West Virginia.

"The greatest threat for any flash flooding or severe weather will be across southern New England and the northern Mid-Atlantic states Tuesday evening", the National Weather Service said. And in NY, falling trees in Newburgh claimed the lives of an 11-year-old girl in a parked vehicle and a woman who was driving, The Associated Press reported.

There was a three-year-old passenger in the vehicle who did not appear injured and was transported to Danbury Hospital for evaluation.

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.

Rainfall from the storm flooded roads, stranding motorists and train commuters.

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A second tornado, this one categorized as an EF2 with peak winds estimated at 110 miles per hour, moved 100 yards in Kent, the NWS said.

There were multiple reports of high water throughout Maryland, especially in Frederick and Montgomery counties, the Maryland State Highway Administration said.

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.

There were almost 50 reports of hail in states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and CT, the National Weather Service (NWS) said. Some residents were trapped in their homes by damage and debris and town leaders in some communities declared states of emergency. There were almost 50 reports of hail in states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and CT, it said.

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