Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Man, 11-year-old girl killed during severe thunderstorms

Man, 11-year-old girl killed during severe thunderstorms

Cell phone video showed Tuesday's risky winds bending and breaking trees in Danbury.

There were almost 50 reports of hail in states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and CT, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

The severe threat is over for now, but a risk of flooding remains. The young girl was killed when a tree crushed a vehicle she was sitting in on Robinson Avenue near the border of New Windsor, New York. "AVOID all down trees and utility poles as they may still involve LIVE power lines", the Brookfield Police Department said on Facebook. Hundreds of thousands of residents remain without electricity.

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. Several lightning strikes led to structure fires in New Jersey and MA.

Conditions were so bad in Newburgh that the city made a decision to close all roads due to the damage to trees and electrical infrastructure. Some schools cancelled classes or delayed their openings. Concourses were packed with passengers waiting for service to resume.

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More rain is headed for the Northeast Wednesday, with moisture this morning stretching from Florida into the mid-Atlantic.

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

Areas from Virginia up into Southern New Jersey could see anywhere between 4 to 8 inches of rainfall, with localized amounts exceeding 10 inches.

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

The rain is expected to continue for several days, with potential flooding through Saturday.

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