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Post  Raymond_Smith on Wed Jul 09, 2014 1:12 pm

Thunderstorms Rip Through Northeast, Mid-Atlantic: 5 Dead, Thousands Without Power

By Sean Breslin
Published: July 9, 2014
 
At least five people, including one child, were killed and several people were injured as a line of severe storms from Ohio to New York ripped through the Northeast on Tuesday. The storms spawned at least three tornadoes, felled trees and left hundreds of thousands without power.

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"The past two days, we've seen over 600 reports of severe weather. Wind damage and strong straight-line winds have made up 85 percent of those reports from Nebraska to Vermont," said weather.com senior meteorologist Jon Erdman. "Some of the nation's densest tree cover is in a swath from West Virginia to Upstate New York. When a squall line of severe thunderstorms – such as what happened Tuesday – races through, it's no wonder there are hundreds of thousands of power outages and downed trees."

In New York, four people were killed in Madison County when homes collapsed, according to the National Weather Service. One child was killed and eight children were injured in Maryland after trees fell on a summer camp on Tuesday night, CBS Baltimore reported.

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A state of emergency was issued in eastern Syracuse, New York because of 'significant damage there,' CNY Central reports.

Below are the storms' impacts, split up by state.

Maryland

In Maryland, one child was killed and at least eight others were injured at River Valley Ranch summer camp in Lineboro after trees fell at the camp. Officials said that the children were running for safety when the storm hit. The children were all taken to local hospitals, CBS Baltimore reports.

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Damage to trees and cars was reported in Hagerstown in Washington County, according to the National Weather Service.

More than 57,000 of the state's customers are without power Wednesday morning.

New Jersey

Utility crews are busy and some commuters will face delays after severe thunderstorms rolled through New Jersey, downing trees and knocking out power.

There are nearly 23,000 homes and businesses without electricity Wednesday morning.

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Public Service Electric and Gas Company is reporting about 11,000 customers without service, mainly in Burlington and Camden counties. JCP&L has 9,100 customers, mostly in Monmouth County and Atlantic City Electric is reporting more than 2,500 customers, mainly in Gloucester County.

New Jersey Transit's Montclair-Boonton Line trains are running up to an hour late. The railroad can only use a single track because of overhead wire repairs. NJ Transit and DeCamp buses are honoring rail tickets.

Humid conditions will continue Wednesday and more storms are possible. Forecasters warn there's a moderate threat for rip currents.

New York

Severe thunderstorms rolled through central New York, killing four people, destroying or damaging numerous homes and knocking out power to more than 70,000 utility customers, officials said Wednesday.

The deaths occurred in the rural town of Smithfield, between Syracuse and Utica, after the storms hit at about 7 p.m. Tuesday, the Madison County Sheriff's Office said.

At least four homes were completely destroyed and numerous others were damaged, Undersheriff John Ball said. More information is expected to be released at a news conference Wednesday morning

Early Wednesday, about 72,000 homes and businesses were without power, most in central and northern New York.

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Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley did not identify the victims. He told The Post-Standard of Syracuse he was still notifying their families.

The storm destroyed four homes, ripping one from its foundation and tossing it onto another house, the newspaper reported. Three other houses nearby also were damaged.

Riley said in a television interview late Tuesday that search dogs were being used to go over the rubble at the Smithfield site and that neighbors were being interviewed.

"We're just picking up parts of the house to see if anybody is underneath them," he said.

National Weather Service meteorologist Joanne LaBounty said investigators will be in the area to determine if a tornado touched down.

The spokesman for the emergency management office said there was widespread damage in the towns of Sullivan and Lenox, between Syracuse and Utica.

Ohio

At least three EF1 tornadoes were confirmed in Ohio on Tuesday afternoon as strong storms moved across the state. An EF1 tornado touched down around 1:47 p.m. in the town of Hinckley in Medina County, south of Cleveland, damaging at least one home. Another EF1 tornado swept through western Medina County around 1:33 p.m, causing minor structural damage to a barn and a few homes.

A third EF1 tornado struck in Canfield Township in Mahoning County around 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, damaging about 10 homes and felling trees. No injuries have been reported.

Storm surveyors are assessing other areas in northeastern Ohio for possible tornadoes.

Pennsylvania

The National Weather Service says an EF1 tornado packing 90 mph winds touched down Tuesday afternoon near the town of Hoagland in northwestern Pennsylvania's Mercer County and traveled 2.5 miles, downing trees. The weather service says possible tornadoes were reported Tuesday in Perry, Bedford and Sullivan counties in central Pennsylvania. No injuries were reported.

Utility crews are making progress in restoring service to tens of thousands of Pennsylvania customers left without power after severe thunderstorms rolled across the state overnight. At least one tornado touched down.

Companies report more than 135,000 homes and businesses without power in the commonwealth Wednesday morning, including more than 74,000 in the five-county Philadelphia area.


Vermont

A storm with high winds moving across Vermont has knocked down trees and power lines, causing power outages.

Greg Hanson of the National Weather Service says Tuesday's storm caused mostly wind damage although there was heavy rainfall at times.

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Green Mountain Power, Vermont's largest electric utility, reported outages affecting more than 13,300 residential and business customers early Wednesday. That number was down to 3,195 by later in the morning.

The utility is warning people to stay away from downed power lines. It says it has crews working to restore electrical service.

Washington, D.C.

In Washington, D.C., Pepco said more than 28,000 customers in Montgomery County are without power after strong storms moved through the metro area.

The power company's website said that as of about 8 p.m. Tuesday 28,276 customers were without power in Montgomery County. Another 3,600 customers were without power in Prince George's County.

About 200 customers were without power in the District of Columbia, where it was still raining at 8 p.m.

West Virginia

In West Virginia, mobile homes were reportedly flipped over by strong wind gusts in Berkeley County. Several homes were damaged and power was out in Wood County, West Virginia. At least one injury was reported in Cuzzart. Trees were down on houses in Parkersburg.

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