2 dead in CT, thousands without power after storms strike


Hundreds of thousands of people are waking up Wednesday morning without power, and officials say three people are confirmed dead after severe storms slam the northeast.

An 11-year-old girl in NY was killed when strong winds sent a tree crashing onto the auto she was unloading with her mother. She and her mother were sitting inside an SUV in Newburgh, New York when a tree came crashing down on top of them.

Hours after the storms knocked down power lines and trees across the region, some 360,000 customers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and West Virginia were without power, tracking service PowerOutage.us said.

CT officials said two people in New Fairfield and Danbury were killed in separate accidents when trees fell on their trucks, including a woman whose three-year-old child escaped injury.

As rain pounded the Northeast Tuesday night, wind gusts in the region approached 60 miles per hour, including in New York City. "AVOID all down trees and utility poles as they may still involve LIVE power lines", the Brookfield Police Department said on Facebook.

North, Northwest will see more thunderstorms till Friday
The police received almost 60 calls related to uprooted trees, fallen electricity polls and wall collapses across the region. Uttar Pradesh saw a death toll of 18 people while 12 people died in West Bengal and two in Delhi, officials said.

Airlines also canceled and delayed flights in and out of the region.

In New York City, the Metro-North Railroad suspended some service because of downed trees on the tracks.

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

More rain is expected over the next few days, with potential flooding through Saturday. 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.