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Hundreds of thousands remain without power after deadly storm pounds US Northeast

16 May 2018

A powerful storm system pummeled the Northeast on Tuesday with drenching rain, golf-ball-sized hail and damaging winds, leaving at least two people dead and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton says a man was killed in the city Tuesday when a tree fell on the truck he had taken refuge in to escape the storm.

In Danbury, one man was sitting in his truck as the storm approached when a tree fell on his truck.

An 11-year-old girl was killed when strong winds caused a tree to fall on a parked auto in Newburgh, New York, during Tuesday evening's storms. 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.

Officials in Brookfield, Connecticut, declared a town disaster and told residents to stay inside until they could assess the damage. "Please be aware that there are hundreds of downed trees, utility poles and electrical lines".

Lightning strikes led to vehicle and structure fires in New Jersey. Roads in many towns were impassible and some schools canceled classes on Wednesday due to the damage.

"I got off the subway at about 5:15, and there were hordes of people", said Jackie Berman, who was attempting to get home to Chappaqua, New York, from Grand Central.

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

Severe weather event continues across the Northeast US.

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

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

Hundreds of thousands remain without power after deadly storm pounds US Northeast