Five confirmed dead as severe thunderstorms batter Northeast

Ominous clouds in Simsbury

Andrew Cuomo late Tuesday declared an emergency in several counties and deployed members of the New York National Guard to assist with recovery operations.

Hundreds of people across the state are without power this morning. The young girl was killed when a tree crushed a vehicle she was sitting in on Robinson Avenue near the border of New Windsor, New York. Falling trees also killed two people in CT in separate incidents, as well as a person in Pennsylvania, local media reported.

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.

He deployed 125 members of the National Guard to help remove toppled trees and debris, fix downed power lines and assist with traffic control across the state. New flash flood watches have also been issued for the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore areas.

In New York City, the Metro-North Railroad suspended some service because of downed trees on the tracks. Thousands of people were stranded at the station, ABC New York station WABC reported. That had declined to 359,534 by 5:45 a.m. today. Roads in many towns were impassible and some schools canceled classes on Wednesday due to the damage.

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The severe threat is over for now, but a risk of flooding remains.

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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But more rain is expected to fall in the comings days into already saturated soils and cause more flooding.

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