Girl in SUV crushed to death as storms pound Northeast

New York. The Metro North commuter railroad said Tuesday evening that downed trees across the tracks had caused it to suspend service on its Harlem Hud

Two people are dead and almost half a million customers in the Northeast are without power due to severe weather that includes thunderstorms, flash flooding, hail, winds up to 80 miles per hour and possibly tornadoes.

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

An 11-year-old girl was killed in Newburgh, New York, by a falling tree, while her mother suffered minor injuries.

"Please be aware that there are hundreds of downed trees, utility poles and electrical lines".

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

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Conditions were so bad in Newburgh that the city made a decision to close all roads due to the damage to trees and electrical infrastructure.

"We ask that you remain indoors for the duration of this evening, until we can better assess damages tomorrow", police in the CT town urged residents.

The Brookfield Police Department said on its Facebook page that First Selectman Steve Dunn had "declared a town disaster".

In New York City, the Metro-North Railroad suspended some service because of downed trees on the tracks. Several lightning strikes led to structure fires in New Jersey and MA.

The severe storms have ended, but more rain is expected in the region Wednesday.

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Service on one of the busiest train lines in the Northeast has been suspended due to the weather. The line will reopen on Thursday, officials told news outlets.

Rescuers had to take a boat to get to the victim, Boughton said.

"The flood concern going forward looks to be from Virginia up into Southern New Jersey where rainfall amounts could be 4-8 inches over the coming days with localized amounts exceeding 10 inches", CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.

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.

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