2 dead, thousands without power after storms strike

Leroy Wright
May 17, 2018

Her 3-year-old passenger did not appear to be injured.

Officials say meteotsunamis are driven by air-pressure disturbances often associated with fast-moving weather events, such as severe thunderstorms, squalls, and other storm fronts.

In Danbury, one man was sitting in his truck as the storm approached when a tree fell on his truck.

The man, who has not been identified, was killed when a tree fell on the truck in which he was sitting in Danbury's Candlewood Lake area.

There were almost 50 reports of hail in states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and CT, the National Weather Service (NWS) said. Most meteotsunamis are too small to notice.

Two people died and thousands of homes and businesses were without power after strong storms pounded the Northeast on Tuesday.

In Danbury, Connecticut, a man was also killed when a tree fell on his vehicle, Mayor Mark Boughton told CNN. In Connecticut, the state's two major utilities reported 90,000 without electricity, most in the western part of the state.

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State Police say that at approximately 5:10 pm on Tuesday, May 15 New Fairfield Police and fire personnel responded to Brush Hill Road, near Gillotti Road for a reported tree that struck a passing vehicle.

Almost 500,000 customers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Virginia were without power by late Tuesday night, fewer power outages than earlier Tuesday, tracking service PowerOutage.us said.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the powerful storms that swept through CT caused extensive damage, and power won't likely be restored to some locations for days.

"Please be aware that there are hundreds of downed trees, utility poles and electrical lines".

The National Weather Service is investigating whether any tornadoes occurred Tuesday. Known as a meteotsnuami, it resulted in fluctuating water levels for several hours.

Roads in many towns were impassible and some schools cancelled classes due to the damage.

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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