Re­gion clean­ing up after pow­er­ful storm

Woonsocket Call - - REGION/OBITUARIES -

NEW YORK (AP) — 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.

Con­necti­cut of­fi­cials said two peo­ple in New Fair­field and Dan­bury were killed Tues­day in sep­a­rate ac­ci­dents when trees fell on their trucks, in­clud­ing a woman whose 3-year-old child es­caped in­jury. In New York, fall­ing trees in New­burgh claimed the lives of an 11-year-old girl in a parked car and a woman who was driv­ing.

More than 157,000 util­ity cus­tomers in New York were with­out power mid­day Wed­nes­day.

In Con­necti­cut, the state’s two ma­jor util­i­ties re­ported 88,500 cus­tomers with­out elec­tric­ity Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, down from a high of 120,000 out­ages. Gov. Dan­nel Mal­loy said dam­age was be­ing as­sessed across the state for pos­si­ble dis­as­ter dec­la­ra­tions, with the most hard-hit ar­eas be­ing in south­west­ern Con­necti­cut.

“There is a tremen­dous amount of dam­age,” he said. “I think there are go­ing to be a lot of peo­ple with­out power for days.”

The storms downed trees and power lines across the re­gion. Sev­eral light­ning strikes led to struc­ture fires in New Jer­sey and Mas­sachusetts. Weather of­fi­cials con­firmed two tor­na­does in Put­nam County, an EF2 with peak winds of 110 mph and an EF1 with peak winds of 100 mph, and a third tor­nado in New­burgh in Or­ange County, an EF0 with peak winds of 85 mph. New York’s Cen­tral Hud­son Gas & Elec­tric Corp. re­ported 78 mph wind gusts on Tues­day and about 1,000 light­ing strikes per hour.

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice said the strong thun­der­storms cre­ated a small weather-gen­er­ated tsunami off the New Jer­sey coast. Known as a me­teot­sunami, it re­sulted in fluc­tu­at­ing wa­ter lev­els for sev­eral hours. But there were no re­ports of dam­age from the ab­nor­mally high tides re­ported in ar­eas from Perth Am­boy in New Jer­sey to Delaware’s Fen­wick Is­land.

Roads in many towns were im­pas­si­ble, and some schools can­celed classes on Wed­nes­day due to the dam­age.

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

In New York City on Tues­day even­ing, thou­sands of com­muters were stranded in Grand Cen­tral Ter­mi­nal after rail lines were tem­po­rar­ily sus­pended due to downed trees on the tracks. Con­courses were packed with pas­sen­gers wait­ing for ser­vice to re­sume.

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