Two people are dead after powerful storms marched across the state yesterday.
Hours after the storms knocked down power lines and trees across the region, some 360,000 customers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and West Virginia were without power, tracking service PowerOutage.us said.
A man was sitting in his truck when a tree fell on it, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton told FOX61.
An 11-year-old girl was killed when strong winds caused a tree to fall on a parked auto in Newburgh, New York, during Tuesday evening's storms.
According to 22News' sister station, WTEN, an 11-year-old girl in Newburgh, New York was also killed when the wind caused a large tree to fall onto the vehicle the girl and her mother were unloading.
The Brookfield Police Department said on its Facebook page that First Selectman Steve Dunn had "declared a town disaster".
The storms brought down trees that blocked roads and forced school closures and delays.
Boughton asked that state residents remain indoors for the duration of the evening. He deployed 125 members of the National Guard to help remove toppled trees and debris, and fix downed power lines across the state.
Lightning strikes led to vehicle and structure fires in New Jersey. Concourses were packed with passengers waiting for service to resume.
"I got off the subway at about 5:15, and there were hordes of people", said Jackie Berman, who was attempting to get home to Chappaqua, New York, from Grand Central.
Severe weather event continues across the Northeast US. 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.