Two dead, one seriously injured following severe Tuesday storms

Elias Hubbard
May 16, 2018

Powerful storms carrying high winds, torrential rain and hail slammed heavily populated parts of the northeast of the United States on Tuesday, knocking over trees that killed two people, snarling transport and causing widespread power outages.

Tuesday's storm brought down power lines, and at one point all four counties were under a tornado watch.

There were almost 50 reports of hail in states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and CT, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

In Connecticut, a man was killed when a tree fell on his truck, according to Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton.

State police say a tree fell on a auto in the neighboring town of New Fairfield, killing one person. "AVOID all down trees and utility poles as they may still involve LIVE power lines", the Brookfield Police Department said on Facebook.

"We ask that you remain indoors for the duration of this evening, until we can better assess damages tomorrow", police in the CT town urged residents. The house was inaccessible from downed trees.

At Grand Central Station in New York, Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Line service was suspended due to the storms, the station's Twitter feed said.

Lightning strikes led to vehicle and structure fires in New Jersey.

Schools canceled classes or delayed opening on Wednesday. Concourses were packed with passengers waiting for service to resume.

An Eversource spokesman says it may take days to get power back to everyone.

Severe weather event continues across the Northeast US. The line will reopen on Thursday, officials told news outlets.

The severe storms have ended, but more rain is expected in the region Wednesday.

Areas from Virginia up into Southern New Jersey could see anywhere between 4 to 8 inches of rainfall, with localized amounts exceeding 10 inches.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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