2 dead in CT, thousands without power after storms strike

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Several thousands of customers were left without power on Tuesday as nickel- to golf ball-sized hail and a possible tornado were reported from southern MA through Pennsylvania and into parts of Virginia.

Two women look at the storm damage in Bridgewater, Conn., on Tuesday after severe storms rolled through the area. The biggest threat for flooding will be from southern New Jersey to Virginia, where 4-8 inches of rain could fall with localized heavier amounts possible.

Lightning strikes from the storms causes several fires in New Jersey and Massachusetts, AP said.

At least two persons have been killed and hundreds of thousands left without power as a powerful storm pummelled the Northeast US with drenching rain, golf-ball-sized hail and damaging winds.

An 11-year-old girl died in Newburgh, New York when a large tree fell on the vehicle she was in, AP said. Her 3-year-old child who was also in the vehicle was not hurt. A man living near Candlewood Lake was killed when a tree came down right on top of him.

Police in Newburg said the girl and her mother had arrived home and were unloading the auto when strong winds knocked the tree onto the vehicle.

Danbury's Mayor Mark Boughton said that rescuers had to take a boat to get to the man, because the house was inaccessible due to downed trees.

A total of 85 people were rescued from a stranded commuter double deck train early Wednesday.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning from Maryland to New Hampshire. No passengers were injured, but there have been multiple reports of high flood waters across the state and coast.

Metro-North temporarily suspended service along the on the Harlem Line, Hudson Line and New Haven Line at the height of the evening rush, due to downed trees on the tracks.

The National Weather Service says a "macroburst" packing 100 miles per hour winds caused extensive damage in southwestern CT - not a tornado. Officials in Brookfield, Connecticut, declared a town disaster and told residents to stay inside until they could assess the damage.