A powerful storm system pummeled the Northeast on Tuesday with drenching rain, golf-ball-sized hail and damaging winds, leaving at least two people dead and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses.
Tuesday's storm brought down power lines, and at one point all four counties were under a tornado watch.
An 11-year-old girl in New York was killed when strong winds sent a tree crashing onto the auto she was unloading with her mother, FOX5 NY reported.
A man who had been mowing his lawn and sought refuge in his truck was killed when a tree fell on the vehicle in Danbury, Connecticut, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said, according to the Hartford Courant newspaper.
An 11-year-old girl was killed when strong winds caused a tree to fall on a parked vehicle in Newburgh, New York, during Tuesday evening's storms.
At Grand Central Station in New York, Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Line service was suspended due to the storms, the station's Twitter feed said.
"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. He deployed 125 members of the National Guard to help remove toppled trees and debris, and fix downed power lines across the state. Roads in many towns were impassible and some schools canceled classes on Wednesday due to the damage. The biggest threat for flooding will be from southern New Jersey to Virginia, where 4-8 inches of rain could fall with localized heavier amounts possible.
Much of the east coast from North Georgia up through Pennsylvania and New Jersey will likewise see rain in the next three days.