Powerful storms pound Northeast, leaving at least 2 dead

Severe damage was seen throughout Brookfield

Much of the ferocity of the storms had dissipated by 10.30pm on Tuesday (Eastern Time) 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.

Powerful storms packing high winds, torrential rain and hail slammed heavily populated parts of the U.S. Northeast on Tuesday, snarling transport and causing widespread power outages in an area home to tens of millions of people. The mother suffered minor injuries. A teenager also suffered serious injuries when he was hit by the roof of a dugout on a baseball field, Boughton said. Brookfield, Connecticut, declared a "town disaster" in response to the weather, urging people to remain indoors until officials can assess the damage.

"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.

Tuesday's storm brought down power lines, and at one point all four counties were under a tornado watch.

Lightning strikes led to vehicle and construction fires in New Jersey. Roads in many towns were impassible and some schools canceled classes on Wednesday due to the damage.

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As of 8 p.m. ET, 496,777 customers in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and CT had lost electricity.

Airlines also canceled and delayed flights in and out of the region. Concourses were packed with passengers waiting for service to resume.

Severe weather event continues across the Northeast US.

A tornado watch was issued this afternoon for upstate NY, the Hudson Valley, northeast Pennsylvania, western Connecticut, Massachusetts and southern Vermont.

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