Storm in northeast the United States has claimed 2 lives

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

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, said Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, according to the Hartford Courant newspaper. Watches and warnings are in effect from Pennsylvania to New England for severe storms and possible tornadoes.

The thunderstorms brought dangerously high winds, hail, lightning and flash flooding to parts of the northeast region early yesterday evening, downing trees and knocking out power-an estimated 100,000 CT residents lost power due to the storm.

There are power outages for more than half a million customers across New York, Pennsylvania and CT.

Park Slope in the aftermath of yesterday's deadly thunderstorms.

In Connecticut, a man was killed when a tree fell on his truck. Winds up to 80 miles per hour and large hail are also threats in those areas. An official said it could take days to get the power back on.

An 11-year-old NY girl was killed when a large tree toppled onto the vehicle she was in.

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Malloy surveyed damage Wednesday in several towns, including Brookfield, where about 85 percent of the almost 8,400 homes and businesses are without power. In Connecticut, the state's two major utilities reported 90,000 without electricity, most in the western part of the state. Several lightning strikes led to structure fires in New Jersey and MA.

Wind gusts in the region approached 60 miles per hour, including in New York City, with the highest - 81 miles per hour - recorded in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.

As of Wednesday morning, Boughton announced that the city's public schools would remain closed due to power outages.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared states of emergency in Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and Sullivan counties and deployed members of the National Guard to assist with recovery, according to AP.

Flights have been delayed, trains service disrupted and drivers stranded in cars.

In New York City, the Metro-North Railroad suspended some service because of downed trees on the tracks.

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