At least 3 dead after Northeast storms; hundreds of thousands without power

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

Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, and Sullivan Counties, and 125 National Guard members were deployed to help remove toppled trees and debris, fix downed power lines, and assist with traffic control across the state, Fox News reported.

There were more than 100 reports of hail in states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and CT, the National Weather Service said.

National Weather Service officials are trying to confirm whether any tornadoes touched down. By Wednesday morning, the Mass. Emergency Management Agency reported roughly 400 power outages statewide, mostly in eastern counties.

In New Fairfield, officials said a 41-year-old woman was killed when a tree fell on her vehicle.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says two people are dead and about 157,000 power outages are reported following the ferocious wind, rain and hail storm that bore down on New York's lower Hudson Valley.

ABC said over 359,000 customers were without power in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and CT combined.

The Brookfield Police Department said on its Facebook page that First Selectman Steve Dunn had "declared a town disaster". Gov. Dannel Malloy said damage was being assessed across the state for possible disaster declarations, with the most hard-hit areas being in southwestern CT. 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.

The National Weather Service said the strong thunderstorms created a small weather-generated tsunami off the New Jersey coast.

The abnormally high tides were reported in areas from Perth Amboy in New Jersey to Delaware's Fenwick Island.

Schools canceled classes or delayed opening on Wednesday.

At Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal early on Tuesday evening, transit commuters stood cheek by jowl, with many people taking selfies to document the surreal scene.

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