At least five dead from powerful Northeast storm as thousands remain without power
A brutal spring storm that swept over the Northeast on Tuesday afternoon has left five people dead and hundreds of thousands without power. Cleanup efforts are underway throughout the region after grueling winds brought trees crashing down, killing people in upstate New York, Connecticut and northeast Pennsylvania.
The National Weather Service’s New York office noted Wednesday that there’s “still a lot of damage,” and issued a warning to avoid possibly live power lines on the ground. An estimated 309,000 customers were without electricity in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut on Wednesday morning, according to online tracker PowerOutage.Us. In the Empire State, those outages were concentrated in the Hudson Valley, as Gov. Cuomo deployed the National Guard to aid storm-damaged Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and Sullivan counties.
An 11-year-old girl from Newburg was killed Tuesday when powerful winds brought a tree crashing down on her mother’s SUV. Cops in the area reported there was another “storm-related fatality” at about 5 p.m. Tuesday.
The Metro North’s Hudson Line had up to 10 minute delays Wednesday morning because of the storm, while service on the Harlem line ran on limited service, according to the MTA. Downed trees also killed two men in Connecticut, where about 90,000 customers remained without power Wednesday morning.
A Danbury man died after a tree fell on the car he took shelter in, Mayor Mark Boughton said. Roads were so crowded by downed tree trunks that cops needed a boat to reach the man, officials said. Another man was killed in New Fairfield when a tree fell on his car, the Hartford Courant reported. An uprooted tree crushed a Pennsylvania man in the Poconos as he was driving Tuesday afternoon, Lehigh Valley Live reported.