May 20, 2018

At least 3 dead after NY area storms topple trees onto vehicles

18 May 2018, 01:08 | Kevin Scott

Deadly storm causes power outage in NYC area

State Department of Transportation workers cut up a tree that came down on state Route 212 near Pine Lane in the town of Saugerties during Tuesday afternoon’s severe storms

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says two people are dead and about 157,000 power outages are reported following the ferocious wind, rain and hail storm that bore down on New York's lower Hudson Valley.

As of Wednesday night, almost 300,000 customers were without power in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. A tree fell on the truck and he was killed.

Police said the Newburgh Fire Department was called to 23 Robinson Ave. about 4:15 p.m. for a report of a tree on a vehicle.

And an 80-year-old Chestnut Ridge woman was killed around the same time when a tree landed on her vehicle as she drove on Red Schoolhouse Road in that village.

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An 11-year-old NY girl was killed when a large tree toppled onto the auto she was in with her mother in Newburgh. They said the mother suffered only minor injuries.

The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF0 tornado hit Newburgh, which is located in Orange County.

In New York City on Tuesday evening, thousands of commuters were stranded in Grand Central Terminal after rail lines were temporarily suspended due to downed trees on the tracks.

Earlier in the day, upstate NY was pounded by thunderstorms and baseball-size hail. Putnam County grappled with 144 closed roads.

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