2 dead, thousands without power after storms strike

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Residents in the Northeast cleaned up Wednesday, a day after powerful storms pounded the region with torrential rain and marble-sized hail, leaving at least three people dead and more 200,000 homes and businesses without power. The risk of flooding continues in the area Wednesday. The girl and her mother had arrived at their house and were unloading their vehicle when the tree fell.

CT officials said two people in New Fairfield and Danbury were killed Tuesday in separate accidents when trees fell on their trucks, including a woman whose 3-year-old child escaped injury.

Also in CT, a teenager was seriously injured on a baseball field in Danbury when the roof of a dugout was ripped off by the wind and struck the boy.

By daybreak, more than 370,000 residents were without power in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, down from more than 600,000 on Tuesday night.

"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.

Powerful Northeast Storms Kill Two, Snarl Commutes, Knock Out Power to Thousands

As of Wednesday morning, Boughton announced that the city's public schools would remain closed due to power outages.

Officials in CT expect full power restoration will take days and 17 state roads there remain closed due to downed trees and power lines, the Courant said. "Please be aware that there are hundreds of downed trees, utility poles and electrical lines". Several lightning strikes led to structure fires in New Jersey and MA.

Airlines canceled and delayed flights in and out of the region.

In New York, the line of storms pushed through Tuesday afternoon causing havoc right at rush hour. An official said it could take days to get the power back on.

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. Moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will fuel downpours that result in rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches across other parts of the Southeast and eventually into the Northeast.

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