Powerful, fast-moving storms roared through much of the Northeast on Tuesday night, killing at least five people and leaving hundreds of thousands without power.
Drenching rains and winds that reached 60 mph tore down trees and power lines, destroyed homes and even ripped a roof off a central New York restaurant.
In rural Smithfield, N.Y., four people died when high winds turned at least four homes into rubble. Many more were damaged, Undersheriff John Ball said.
“Our thoughts are with the families,” the National Weather Service announced through its Binghamton, N.Y., office. “We will have multiple survey teams across central New York and NEPA (northeastern Pennsylvania) … to determine the cause of damage.”
A mother and daughter were among three who died in Smithfield, family members have told WTVH television in Syracuse.
More than 70,000 people remained without power in the state early Wednesday.
In Crown Heights, Brooklyn, heavy winds caused a large tree to fall at approximately 10:00 pm on Carroll Street between Kingston and Albany Avenues, damaging at least five cars.
Thankfully no one was injured, although the street was blocked off for a few hours until the debris could be removed.