2 dead in CT, thousands without power after storms strike

Commuters wait as service was temporarily suspended on all Metro North lines at Grand Central Terminal due to storms in Manhattan New York

And in NY, an 11-year-old girl died when a tree toppled onto the vehicle she was in.

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.

Downed trees have been reported in Burlington.

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.

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At least five people, including an 11-year-old girl, were killed by falling trees resulting from severe weather on Tuesday.

In Pennsylvania, a man was also killed as a result of the storm after a tree fell on a auto in the Poconos, WNEP-TV reported.

A man who had been mowing his lawn and sought refuge in his truck was killed when a tree fell on the vehicle in Danbury, Connecticut, said Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, according to the Hartford Courant newspaper. He deployed members of the New York National Guard to assist with recovery operations. In Connecticut, the state's two major utilities reported 90,000 without electricity, most in the western part of the state.

By early Wednesday, 17 state roads were closed for downed trees and power lines, a state Department of Transportation spokesman said.

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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.

Much of the ferocity of the storms had dissipated by 10:30 p.m. ET but flash flood warnings were still in effect for eastern Maryland, Delaware, and southern New Jersey, where rain continued to be heavy, said Frank Pereira, a meteorologist with the NWS.

The line of strong thunderstorms with wind gusts of 50 to 80 miles per hour (80 to 129 kilometers per hour) sped eastward across the region Tuesday evening, causing local flooding, scattering debris and dropping hail as large as tennis balls. Known as a meteotsnuami, it resulted in fluctuating water levels for several hours. Some schools canceled classes or delayed their openings. Concourses were packed with passengers waiting for service to resume.

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