4 Killed in Tri-State Area Storm

posted by Terry Trahim - 

Four people are dead after a powerful storm tore through the tri-state area.

Torrential rain, hail and 70 mile per hour wind gusts brought down trees and power lines.  Thousands of people remained without power on Wednesday morning.

One of those trees came down on a car in Newburgh, killing an 11-year-old girl.  One person was also killed in New Fairfield, Connecticut when a tree fell on a vehicle there.  A man died in Danbury after a tree crashed onto his truck.  A fourth person also died in Newburgh.

"It was like a war zone right on the Dutchess-Putnam border.  I mean trees were down everywhere," one man told WOR's Alice Stockton Rossini.

Problems also continue on Metro North on Wednesday morning.  There are delays on both the Harlem and Hudson lines.  That comes after the MTA suspended all service for part of Tuesday afternoon because of the storm.

“It couldn’t have happened at a worse time at the very, very beginning of rush hour.  Workers were deployed throughout the system.  Numerous trees came down on all three lines,” MTA Chairman Joe Lhota said.

MTA officials said the service suspension was necessary to for the safety of commuters.

"We pulled into Peekskill yesterday afternoon on Metro North.  The skies turned black.  The next thing you know you see tree limbs and things flying in the air," one man said.

More rain is in the forecast for Wednesday, but it won’t have the same intensity as the rainfall on Tuesday.  The wind strength will also be less.


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