Powerful storms killed five and left hundreds of thousands without power in the U.S. Northeast


The storms downed trees and power lines across the region. Structure fires in New Jersey and Massachusetts occurred after lightning strikes. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and Sullivan counties and tweeted that he was “deploying members of the New York National Guard to assist with recovery operations.”


“We ask that you remain indoors for the duration of this evening, until we can better assess damages tomorrow,” police in the Connecticut town urged residents. Train delays and road closures occurred after storms. A Maryland commuter train out of Washington was delayed for about five hours Tuesday night because of the weather, and passengers had to evacuate the first level of the car as a precaution from the rising waters. Rainfall from the storm flooded roads, stranding motorists and train commuters. There were multiple reports of high water throughout Maryland, especially in Frederick and Montgomery counties. The severe storms have ended, but more rain is expected in the region. Much of the East will see rain in the next three days. The storms left hundreds of thousands without power in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut on Wednesday morning. Communities across the East Coast were cleaning up early Wednesday.


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