2 dead, thousands without power after storms strike

Powerful Northeast Storms Kill Two, Snarl Commutes, Knock Out Power to Thousands

At Least 2 Dead, Thousands Without Power After Violent Storms Slam US Northeast

Powerful storms carrying high winds, torrential rain and hail slammed heavily populated parts of the northeast of the United States on Tuesday, knocking over trees that killed two people, snarling transport and causing widespread power outages. Firefighters used power tools in an attempt to cut away the tree and rescue the girl.

Five people have been killed in severe thunderstorms, flash flooding, hail and winds as strong as 80 miles per hour winds in the Northeast, officials said. The mother suffered minor injuries.

A man who had been mowing his lawn and sought refuge in his truck was killed when a tree fell on the vehicle in Danbury, Connecticut, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said, according to the Hartford Courant newspaper.

Schools canceled classes or delayed opening on Wednesday.

Officials in Brookfield, Connecticut, declared a town disaster and told residents to stay inside until they could assess the damage.

Powerful Northeast Storms Kill Two, Snarl Commutes, Knock Out Power to Thousands

The weather also stranded thousands of commuters Tuesday in Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal after all of the Metro-North rail lines were suspended due to downed trees on the tracks.

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.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Twitter Tuesday night that he was declaring a state of emergency in Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and Sullivan counties and "deploying members of the New York National Guard to assist with recovery operations".

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

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