5 people dead as severe storms lash Northeast

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

The house was inaccessible from downed trees.

Two died in CT and one man in Pennsylvania.

CT officials said two people in New Fairfield and Danbury were killed Tuesday in separate accidents when trees fell on their trucks, including a woman whose 3-year-old child escaped injury.

Connecticut State Police also confirmed that someone in New Fairfield was killed after a tree landed on their auto.

An 11-year-old girl died in Newburgh, New York, when a large tree fell on the vehicle she was in, police said.

Officials in Brookfield, Connecticut, declared a town disaster and told residents to stay inside until they could assess the damage. "Please be aware that there are hundreds of downed trees, utility poles and electrical lines". "AVOID all down trees and utility poles as they may still involve LIVE power lines", the Brookfield Police Department said on Facebook.

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

In New Jersey, several lighting strikes led to structure fires. Some schools canceled classes or delayed their openings.

Commuters wait as service was temporarily suspended on all Metro North lines at Grand Central Terminal due to storms in Manhattan, New York, May 15, 2018. Concourses were packed with passengers waiting for service to resume.

Service on one of the busiest train lines in the Northeast has been suspended due to the weather.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Twitter Tuesday night that he was declaring a state of emergency in Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and Sullivan counties and "deploying members of the New York National Guard to assist with recovery operations".

More rain is expected over the next few days, with potential flooding through Saturday.

"New York has once again withstood the fury of Mother Nature and now is the time for the state and our local partners to get communities throughout the Mid-Hudson region up and running again", the governor said in a statement. 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.

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