Storms slam US Northeast, snarling transport and causing power outages

Workers on Field Point Road working to restore

Workers on Field Point Road working to restore

Powerful storms pounded the Northeast on Tuesday with torrential rain and marble-sized hail, leaving at least four people dead and hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses without power.

Hours after the storms knocked down power lines and trees across the region, some 360,000 customers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and West Virginia were without power, tracking service said.

A man in CT was killed when a tree fell on his truck, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton told the Hartford Courant.

An 11-year-old NY girl was killed when a large tree toppled onto the auto she was in.

According to 22News' sister station, WTEN, an 11-year-old girl in Newburgh, New York was also killed when the wind caused a large tree to fall onto the vehicle the girl and her mother were unloading. A teenager also suffered serious injuries when he was hit by the roof of a dugout on a baseball field, Boughton said. Firefighters used power tools in an attempt to cut away the tree and rescue the girl.

Officials in Brookfield, Connecticut, declared a town disaster and told residents to stay inside until they could assess the damage.

"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", Cuomo said. Roads in many towns were impassible and some schools canceled classes on Wednesday due to the damage. The house was inaccessible from downed trees.

Earlier in the day, upstate NY pounded by thunderstorms and baseball-size hail.

Much of the East will see rain in the next three days.

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