Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

2 dead, thousands without power as storm lashes US

2 dead, thousands without power as storm lashes US

The two communities in which the deaths occurred reported severe power outages.

Falling trees killed an 11-year-old girl and a woman in separate incidents in Newburgh, New York, police said.

The man, who has not been identified, was killed when a tree fell on the truck in which he was sitting in Danbury's Candlewood Lake area.

A 41-year-old woman was killed in New Fairfield, Connecticut, when a tree struck her vehicle during the storm Tuesday.

There were more than 100 reports of hail in states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and CT, the National Weather Service said.

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Andrew Cuomo late Tuesday declared an emergency in several counties and deployed members of the New York National Guard to assist with recovery operations.

Washington DC and Maryland were hit with major flooding and remained under a flash flood watch overnight, FOX5 DC reported.

Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, and Sullivan Counties, and 125 National Guard members were deployed to help remove toppled trees and debris, fix downed power lines, and assist with traffic control across the state, Fox News reported.

And thousands of passengers were stranded in New York's Grand Central Station when storm-related damage affected service.

Amtrak service in the Northeast has also been canceled due to the storm, according to WABC. That had declined to 359,534 by 5:45 a.m. today.

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Conditions were so bad in Newburgh that the city chose to close all roads due to the damage to trees and electrical infrastructure.

Earlier in the day, upstate NY pounded by thunderstorms and baseball-size hail. Winds up to 80 miles per hour and large hail are also threats in those areas. The severe threat ended overnight into Wednesday.

A bicyclist rides is heavy rainfall in downtown Washington, May 14, 2018.

Much of the East will see rain in the next three days.

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