Bloomberg News reports that on Tuesday, thunderstorms ripped across the Northeast.
Reports claim that the storms led to a tornado in New York's Sullivan Country. Storms also led to many other tornadoes throughout the Northeast and New England.
Weather Service meteorologists are trying to assess the damage as they interview witnesses. We already know that at the height of the storm, thousands were left without power and many others were stranded in the Metro-North Railroad, which suspended operations citing downed trees on the tracks. Moreover, hundreds of people reported downed power lines, crushed cars, and damaged homes.
The Associated Press reports that residents throughout the Northeast are trying to spend Wednesday cleaning up the mess wrought by the storms. Much of the mess and damage was caused by marble-sized hail, which outright killed four people and left 200,000 businesses and homes without power.
More than 157,000 utility customers throughout New York were without power on Wednesday. And in Connecticut, the state's two major utilities reported that around 88,000 customers were without electricity on Wednesday.
"There is a tremendous amount of damage," said Governor Dannel Malloy. "I think there are going to be a lot of people without power for days."
As trees and power lines fell throughout the region, several lightning strikes caused structure fires. New York's Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp, for example, reported 78 mph winds that gusted on Tuesday and about 1,000 lightning strikes per hour.
Here are some pictures of the storms.
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