Hundreds of thousands of people remained without power in the U.S. Northeast on Wednesday after ferocious storms packing fierce winds and hail battered the region, killing three people.
By daybreak, more than 370,000 residents were without power in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, down from more than 600,000 on Tuesday night.
An 11-year-old girl was killed when strong winds caused a tree to fall on a parked vehicle in Newburgh, New York, during Tuesday evening's storms.
Winds along parts of Northeast reached up to 150 miles per hour knocking down power poles and many trees, CNN forecasters said. Two other people were killed in CT in separate incidents when trees fell on their vehicles, local media reported.
"We ask that you remain indoors for the duration of this evening, until we can better assess damages tomorrow", police in the CT town urged residents. Roads in many towns were impassible and some schools canceled classes on Wednesday due to the damage. "They could be live". "Please be aware that there are hundreds of downed trees, utility poles and electrical lines".
Airlines also canceled and delayed flights in and out of the region. In New York City, thousands of commuters were stranded in Grand Central Terminal after rail lines were temporarily suspended due to downed trees on the tracks. Concourses were packed with passengers waiting for service to resume. But more rain is expected to fall in the comings days into already saturated soils and cause more flooding.
"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.
Areas from Virginia up into Southern New Jersey could see anywhere between 4 to 8 inches of rainfall, with localized amounts exceeding 10 inches.