The cleanup is underway throughout the Northeast a day after powerful storms pounded the region with torrential rain and marble-sized hail, leaving at least three people dead and hundreds of thousands of customers without power.
Connecticut officials said a man was killed Tuesday when a tree fell on his truck in New Fairfield, and in Danbury, a man who had taken refuge to escape the storm was killed when a tree fell on his truck. A tree struck a parked vehicle in Newburgh NY, killing an 11-year-old girl.
WPIX reported over 148,000 utility customers around the state without power on Wednesday morning.
In Sullivan County, The Times Herald-Record says the Eldred and Monticello school districts were closed while roads and power were repaired.
Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. reported 78 mph wind gusts on Tuesday and about 1,000 lighting strikes per hour.
The storms downed trees and power lines across the region. Several lightning strikes led to structure fires in New Jersey and Massachusetts. Roads in many towns were impassible and some schools canceled classes on Wednesday due to the damage.
Airlines also canceled and delayed flights in and out of the region.
The Journal News says the National Weather Service will investigate potential tornado sites from Port Jervis, New York into Connecticut.
Metro-North railroad crews worked through the night to clear trees and repair damage.