Death toll rises after severe storm pummels Northeast
17 May, 2018, 01:35 | Author: Diane Mills
The two communities in which the deaths occurred reported severe power outages. An Eversource spokesman says it may take days to get power back to everyone.
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, said Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, according to the Hartford Courant newspaper. The girl and her mother had arrived at their house and were unloading their vehicle when the tree fell.
There was a three-year-old passenger in the vehicle who did not appear injured and was transported to Danbury Hospital for evaluation. Two people were fatally struck by falling trees in CT; two others were fatally struck by trees in Newburgh, in Orange County, where an 11-year-old girl died after a tree fell on her outside her home, ABC 7 reports.
No names were released.
By Wednesday morning, the Mass. Emergency Management Agency reported roughly 400 power outages statewide, mostly in eastern counties.
Residents in the Northeast cleaned up Wednesday, a day after powerful storms pounded the region with torrential rain and marble-sized hail, leaving at least four people dead and more than 200,000 homes and businesses without power.
By daybreak, more than 370,000 residents were without power in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, down from more than 600,000 on Tuesday night. In Connecticut, the state's two major utilities reported 90,000 without electricity, most in the western part of the state.
Downed trees and utility poles impacted MA as well, though the severity did not reach the level reported in other northeast regions.
Lightning strikes from the storms causes several fires in New Jersey and Massachusetts, AP said.
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