2 dead in CT, thousands without power after storms strike

Powerful Northeast Storms Kill Two, Snarl Commutes, Knock Out Power to Thousands

At Least 2 Dead, Thousands Without Power After Violent Storms Slam US Northeast

Powerful storms carrying high winds, torrential rain, and hail slammed heavily populated parts of the U.S. Northeast on Tuesday, knocking over trees that killed two people, snarling transport and causing widespread power outages.

"We ask that you remain indoors for the duration of this evening, until we can better assess damages tomorrow", police in the CT town urged residents.

One of the people who died is an 11-year-old girl, police say. Her mother was still alive.

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Troopers said the New Fairfield police and fire departments responded to the scene, but had difficulty getting there because of a number of downed trees.

As rain pounded the Northeast Tuesday night, wind gusts in the region approached 60 miles per hour, including in New York City.

CT officials said two people in New Fairfield and Danbury were killed in separate accidents when trees fell on their trucks, including a woman whose three-year-old child escaped injury. "Please be aware that there are hundreds of downed trees, utility poles and electrical lines". Some schools cancelled classes or delayed their openings.

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In New York's Grand Central Station, thousands were stranded when the Metro North railroad was shut down Tuesday evening. The line will reopen on Thursday, officials told news outlets.

And more heavy rainfalls are headed for the Northeast, with moisture this morning stretching from Florida into the mid-Atlantic.

Golf-ball sized hail pounded Saugerties, New York.

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Rain is expected to continue for the next couple of days over much of the areas that experienced strong winds and rain on Tuesday, but the threat of severe weather has diminished, Pereira said.

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