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5 people dead as severe storms lash Northeast

16 May 2018, 09:44 | Erica Roy

Pablo Martinez Monsivais APA woman checks her cell phone as she walks in the heavy rain showers in downtown Washington

Pablo Martinez Monsivais  APA woman checks her cell phone as she walks in the heavy rain showers in downtown Washington

Powerful storms carrying high winds, torrential rain, and hail slammed heavily populated parts of the U.S. Northeast on Tuesday, knocking over trees that killed two people, snarling transport and causing widespread power outages.

Although the storms have passed, forecasters said the risk of flooding will continue into Wednesday.

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

A man was killed in Connecticut Tuesday afternoon when a tree fell on his truck.

The Brookfield Police Department said on its Facebook page that First Selectman Steve Dunn had "declared a town disaster". Hundreds of thousands of residents remain without electricity.

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. Several lightning strikes led to structure fires in New Jersey and MA.

Schools in Brookfield, Danbury and other towns announced they would be closed on Wednesday due to storm damage. 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. The line will reopen on Thursday, officials told news outlets.

Golf-ball sized hail pounded Saugerties, New York.

By Wednesday morning, the Mass. Emergency Management Agency reported roughly 400 power outages statewide, mostly in eastern counties.

Areas from Virginia up into Southern New Jersey could see anywhere between 4 to 8 inches of rainfall, with localized amounts exceeding 10 inches.

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

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