Deadly storms leave thousands without power along East Coast

Henrietta Strickland
May 17, 2018

The girl was extricated from the vehicle and taken to St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, where she was pronounced dead, police said.

The accident happened just after 4 p.m.

The girl and her mother had arrived home on Robinson Avenue in Newburgh at about 4:15 p.m. and were unloading the auto when police say the wind caused a large tree to topple onto the vehicle.

States of emergencies were declared in Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and Sullivan counties, which were hit by strong winds and marble-sized hail. Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. reported 78 mph wind gusts and about 1,000 lighting strikes per hour. The mother stood outside the auto in tears as the fire department worked.

The unnamed girl died after she was unloading a auto alongside her mother before strong wind gusts pushed the tree on the vehicle. The victim's identity has not yet been released. At least 87,000 people were without power, NBC New York reported.

The National Weather Service is investigating whether any tornadoes occurred Tuesday.

Residents in Newburgh, located along the Hudson River about 60 miles north of Manhattan, remain without power as of Wednesday morning, Rutigliano said. The mother was on the porch, crying, "My daughter, my daughter!" That being said, they still tend to be smaller than true tsunamis, which are usually triggered by earthquakes.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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