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At least 2 dead, hundreds of thousands without electricity after heavy storms hit northeast



A powerful storm hit the northeast on Tuesday with rain, golfball-sized hail and destructive winds. At least two people died, making power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses.

An 11 – A young girl in New York was killed when high winds crashed a tree on the car she had dumped with her mother, FOX5 NY reported. Firefighters used power tools in an attempt to cut off the tree and rescue the girl. The girl's mother suffered minor injuries.

A man in Connecticut was killed when a tree fell on his truck, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton told Hartford Courant. Fallen trees that blocked the streets forced first responders to use a boat to reach the man who had died before they could arrive.

Boughton asked that state dwellers stay home for the duration of the evening. It was estimated that 108,000 homes were out of power on Tuesday night, the newspaper said.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in the districts of Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and Sullivan. He sent 125 members of the National Guard to remove fallen trees and debris, repair damaged power lines, and support traffic control throughout the state.

"New York has once again withstood Mother Nature's rage and now it's time for the state and our local partners to get communities around the Mid-Hudson region working again," Cuomo said.

Possible tornadoes were spotted and more than 130,000 customers lost their power.

Lightning strikes and fallen electrical wires led to the fire in New Jersey.

More than 62,000 customers were reported overnight to have lost power over the state, according to NJ.com.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy was ready to use state funds as he oversaw the storm Reported the outlet.

Washington, DC and Maryland were hit by floods and remained overnight under a tsunami, FOX5 DC reported.

Rescue teams were deployed in Frederick, Md., Late E (19659005) Officials closed the doors to Grand Central Station during the evening drive to relieve crowded train stations with thousands of passengers while subway lines NY-Post

  Commuters stranded in the Grand Central Terminal during the evening commuter ride on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in New York. The Metro-North Commuter Railroad said on Tuesday night that trees on the tracks would have disrupted operations on the Harlem, Hudson and New Haven lines. (AP Photo / Donald King

Commuters commuted to New York City's Grand Central Station because the rail lines were temporarily disrupted during the evening's commute.

(Associated Press)

NJ Transit also closed the rail lines during the evening commuter journey on Tuesday as trees crashed over the tracks. Trains were delayed late in the evening as crews worked to remove track obstacles.

Schools in much of the northeast influenced canceled Wednesday classes because streets remained impassable.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. [19659021]
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