January 23, 2019
Powerful Northeast storms kill five, snarl commutes, knock out power to thousands
NEW YORK--Powerful storms roared through the Northeast Tuesday, killing at least five people and leaving thousands of homes and businesses without power.

Two people died in Connecticut, including a Danbury man who was killed when a tree fell on his truck, according to the Associated Press. Connecticut State Police say a tree also fell on a car on Brush Hill Road in New Fairfield, killing a 41-year-old woman.

Matthew Ryan, 31, of Kunkletown, Pennsylvania, was killed when a tree fell on a vehicle near the town of Effort in the Poconos, WNEP.com reported.

An 11-year-old New York girl was killed when a large tree toppled onto the car she was in with her mother in Newburgh. The mother suffered minor injuries, the Associated Press reported. Another woman was killed in the same town of Newburgh when a tree fell on her vehicle, authorities confirmed. Conditions were so bad with downed trees and damage to electrical infrastructure that the city closed all roads Tuesday evening until further notice.

The National Weather Service said preliminary results indicate that an EF1 tornado struck Tuesday north of Honesdale in Wayne County, Pennsylvania. Two tornadoes were also confirmed in Putnam County, New York, one, an EF1 near Patterson and an EF2 near Kent.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and Sullivan counties and tweeted that he was “deploying members of the New York National Guard to assist with recovery operations.”

The storms downed trees and power lines across the region and lightning strikes led to structure fires in New Jersey and Massachusetts, AP reports. As of Wednesday morning, nearly 350,000 customers remained without power Wednesday afternoon in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, according to poweroutage.us. Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said it could be days before power is restored to everyone in the state.

Travel delays were reported, including several suspensions at New York's Grand Central Terminal.

Damage to train tracks from severe weather forced the closure of MARC's Brunswick Line service in Maryland. The line will reopen on Thursday, officials told news outlets.

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

The severe storms have ended, but more rain is expected in the region. The biggest threat for flooding will be from Virginia to southern New Jersey, where 4 to 8 inches of rain could fall with localized heavier amounts possible.

Much of the East will see rain in the next three days. Moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will fuel downpours that result in rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches across other parts of the Southeast and eventually into the Northeast. (Source: The Weather Channel)
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