2 dead in CT, thousands without power after storms strike

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. Rain is expected to continue for the next couple of days over much of the areas that experienced strong winds and rain on Tuesday, but the threat of severe weather has diminished, Pereira said.

A 41-year-old woman was killed in New Fairfield, Connecticut, when a tree struck her vehicle during the storm Tuesday. The National Weather Service on Wednesday said three tornadoes hit parts of NY amid storms across the Northeast on Tuesday.

Fortunately for a man from Pittsburgh, luck was on his side after he realized a tree fell right next to his truck, trapping him. A 3-year-old child in the vehicle was not harmed, according to the Connecticut State Police.

"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. New York State Electric & Gas reported more than 70,000 customers without electricity as of about 9 p.m.

The National Weather Service is investigating whether any tornadoes occurred Tuesday.

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. Putnam County grappled with 144 closed roads.

The National Weather Service says powerful thunderstorms created a small weather generated tsunami off the New Jersey coast. Most meteotsunamis are too small to notice. Two people in New Fairfield and Danbury, Connecticut died Tuesday in separate accidents after trees crashed on their trucks, officials said. He deployed 125 members of the National Guard to help remove toppled trees and debris, fix downed power lines and assist with traffic control across the state. Lightning strikes and fallen electrical wires led to fires in New Jersey. Roads in many towns were impassible and some schools canceled classes on Wednesday due to the damage.

Most air traffic was back to normal yesterday morning after more than 500 flights were cancelled at the three major airports serving the NY area on Tuesday, and more than 100 at Boston's Logan International, according to tracking service FlightAware.com.

Vanessa Coleman