2 dead in CT, thousands without power after storms strike

2 dead in CT, thousands without power after storms strike

2 dead in CT, thousands without power after storms strike

Officials in that city had every road closed because of downed trees, power lines and debris.

A man was killed in Connecticut Tuesday afternoon when a tree fell on his truck.

A 41-year-old woman was killed in New Fairfield, Connecticut, when a tree struck her auto during the storm Tuesday.

One of the people who died is an 11-year-old girl, police say. Two other people were killed in CT in separate incidents when trees fell on their vehicles, local media reported. Some schools cancelled classes or delayed their openings.

Officials in Brookfield, Connecticut, declared a town disaster and told residents to stay inside until they could assess the damage.

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"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. "AVOID all down trees and utility poles as they may still involve LIVE power lines", the Brookfield Police Department said on Facebook. Lightning strikes and fallen electrical wires led to fires in New Jersey.

At Grand Central Station in NY, line service for Hudson, Harlem, and New Haven were suspended due to the storms, the station's Twitter feed said.

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.

Golf-ball sized hail pounded Saugerties, New York. But more rain is expected to fall in the comings days into already saturated soils and cause more flooding. Moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will fuel downpours that result in rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches across other parts of the Southeast and eventually into the Northeast.

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