Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Hundreds of thousands without power, three dead after deadly storm pounds Northeast

Hundreds of thousands without power, three dead after deadly storm pounds Northeast Hundreds of thousands without power, three dead after deadly storm pounds Northeast
Melinda Barton | 16 May, 2018, 17:51

A violent spring storm that killed at least five people in the northeastern United States downed trees and power lines, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power on Wednesday. And in NY, an 11-year-old girl died when a tree toppled onto the auto she was in. Police in Newburg said the girl and her mother had arrived home and were unloading the auto when strong winds knocked the tree onto the vehicle. She died as a result of the incident, according to officials.

CT officials said two people in New Fairfield and Danbury were killed Tuesday in separate accidents when trees fell on their trucks, including a woman whose 3-year-old child escaped injury. A teenager also suffered serious injuries when he was hit by the roof of a dugout on a baseball field, Boughton said. "AVOID all down trees and utility poles as they may still involve LIVE power lines", the Brookfield Police Department said on Facebook. Brookfield, Connecticut, declared a "town disaster" in response to the weather, urging people to remain indoors until officials can assess the damage.

Winds along parts of Northeast reached up to 150 miles per hour knocking down power poles and many trees, CNN forecasters said.

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

Airlines also canceled and delayed flights in and out of the region. Concourses were packed with passengers waiting for service to resume.

Two women look at the storm damage in Bridgewater Conn. on Tuesday after severe storms rolled through the area
Two women look at the storm damage in Bridgewater Conn. on Tuesday after severe storms rolled through the area

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in several counties in southeast New York and deployed members of the New York National Guard to assist with the recovery.

"The flood concern going forward looks to be from Virginia up into Southern New Jersey where rainfall amounts could be 4-8 inches over the coming days with localized amounts exceeding 10 inches", CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.

Damage to train tracks from severe weather has suspended Brunswick, Maryland's MARC's Brunswick Line service.

In New York, the line of storms pushed through Tuesday afternoon causing havoc right at rush hour.

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