At Least 2 Dead, Thousands Without Power After Violent Storms Slam US Northeast
16 May, 2018, 21:45
Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, and Sullivan Counties, and 125 National Guard members were deployed to help remove toppled trees and debris, fix downed power lines, and assist with traffic control across the state, Fox News reported. A man living near Candlewood Lake was killed when a tree came down right on top of him.
Hours after the storms knocked down power lines and trees across the region, some 360,000 customers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and West Virginia were without power, tracking service PowerOutage.us said. "AVOID all down trees and utility poles as they may still involve LIVE power lines", the Brookfield Police Department said on Facebook.
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.
The severe storms have ended, but more rain is expected in the region Wednesday. A third person was killed by a falling tree in New Fairfield, Connecticut.
Rainfall totals likely will be the highest in the mid-Atlantic, where more than 4 inches is possible in certain spots. The city and town of Newburgh are two different entities a few miles away from each other.
Cell phone video showed Tuesday's unsafe winds bending and breaking trees in Danbury.
The tracks of the Maryland Rail Commuter train appeared to have gone down after a drainage culvert collapsed, county emergency management spokeswoman Vivian Laxton said.
The Governor of NY Andrew Cuomo (Andrew Cuomo) has declared a state of emergency in the counties of Putnam, Sullivan and Dutchess County now. The line will reopen on Thursday, officials told news outlets.
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