5 people dead as severe storms lash Northeast


Powerful storms packing high winds, torrential rain and hail slammed heavily populated parts of the U.S. Northeast on Tuesday, snarling transport and causing widespread power outages in an area home to tens of millions of people.

Tuesday's storm brought down power lines, and at one point all four counties were under a tornado watch.

In New Fairfield, State Police say that a tree fell on a fair on Brush Hill Road, which killed a person.

A man in CT was killed when a tree fell on his truck, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton told the Hartford Courant.

An 11-year-old girl was killed on Tuesday afternoon when strong winds caused a tree to fall on a parked auto in Newburgh, New York, the Daily Freeman newspaper reported. 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. "AVOID all down trees and utility poles as they may still involve LIVE power lines", the Brookfield Police Department said on Facebook.

"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.

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Boughton asked that state residents remain indoors for the duration of the evening.

Schools canceled classes or delayed opening on Wednesday.

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.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy was prepared to use state resources as he monitored the storm, the outlet reported.

The severe storms have ended, but more rain is expected in the region Wednesday.