Two dead, one seriously injured following severe Tuesday storms

Wednesday, 16 May, 2018

Commuters are stranded in Grand Central Terminal during the evening commute, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in NY.

Hundreds of thousands of people remained without power in the U.S. Northeast on Wednesday after ferocious storms packing fierce winds and hail battered the region, killing three people.

More than 90,000 customers of the state's two major utilities remained without power on Wednesday morning, majority in the western part of the state.

State police say a tree fell on a vehicle in the neighboring town of New Fairfield, killing one person.

Some 360,000 customers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and West Virginia were without power, tracking service PowerOutage.us said.

Some extremely large hail, and strong damaging winds are likely with this line as are a couple of tornadoes as each storm shifts east and south.

In Connecticut, a man was killed when a tree fell on his truck, according to Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton. Two other people were killed in CT in separate incidents when trees fell on their vehicles, local media reported. Several lightning strikes led to structure fires in New Jersey and MA.

There were almost 50 reports of hail in states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and CT, the National Weather Service (NWS) said. New York's Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. reported 78 mph wind gusts on Tuesday and about 1,000 lighting strikes per hour.

Schools canceled classes or delayed opening on Wednesday.

In New York City, the Metro-North Railroad suspended some service because of downed trees on the tracks. Concourses were packed with passengers waiting for service to resume.

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo declared a state of emergency in four counties and deployed 125 members of the New York National Guard to assist communities with recovery efforts.