newsmoments.net
newsmoments.net May 23, 2018


Hundreds of thousands without power as deadly storm pounds US Northeast

17 May 2018, 01:34 | Simon Arnold

At Least 2 Dead, Thousands Without Power After Violent Storms Slam US Northeast

Powerful Northeast Storms Kill Two, Snarl Commutes, Knock Out Power to Thousands

Downed trees and utility poles impacted MA as well, though the severity did not reach the level reported in other northeast regions.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton says a man was killed in the city Tuesday when a tree fell on the truck he had taken refuge in to escape the storm.

Malloy surveyed damage Wednesday in several towns, including Brookfield, where about 85 percent of the almost 8,400 homes and businesses are without power.

An 11-year-old girl died in Newburgh, New York when a large tree fell on the vehicle she was in, AP said.

State police confirmed that a woman was killed when a tree struck a passing vehicle on Brush Hill Road in New Fairfield just after 5 p.m.


Local news showed footage of trees resting on top of crushed cars and houses, vehicles submerged in water and residents handling large hail, some the size of tennis balls.

She had a 3-year-old child passenger who was not hurt, but transported to Danbury Hospital for evaluation.

There were more than 100 reports of hail in states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and CT, the National Weather Service said.

Powerful storms carrying high winds, torrential rain, and hail slammed heavily populated parts of the U.S. Northeast on Tuesday, knocking over trees that killed two people, snarling transport and causing widespread power outages.

By Wednesday morning, the Mass. Emergency Management Agency reported roughly 400 power outages statewide, mostly in eastern counties.


The storms downed trees and power lines across the state. New York's Central Hudson Gas and Electric reported 78mph wind gusts on Tuesday and about 1,000 lighting strikes per hour. Roads in many towns were impassible and some schools canceled classes on Wednesday due to the damage.

Commuters at normally busy Grand Central Terminal packed the station for the evening rush, but were left stranded when Metro-North shut down all three commuter lines because of the severe weather.

Airlines canceled and delayed flights in and out of the region.

Officials say meteotsunamis are driven by air-pressure disturbances often associated with fast-moving weather events, such as severe thunderstorms, squalls, and other storm fronts.




Other News

Trending Now

Google bans abortion ads ahead of Irish referendum
TECH GIANTS Google and YouTube have declared that they will ban all ads relating to the upcoming referendum on abortion . Google is now showing a range of ads about the Irish referendum, which will take place on 25 May.

US hits 3 Venezuelans, 20 companies, with sanctions
Maduro, himself subject to sanctions a year ago , regularly laughs off Washington's disapproval and blames the U.S. Pence also decried Maduro's refusal to accept global aid even as the economic crisis endangers Venezuelans.

Mercedes' Lewis Hamiton tops second practice at Barcelona
But Hamilton still expects his title rival to be challenging for pole position in today's qualifying shoot out. Vettel won in Australia and Bahrain, while Ricciardo was first in China and Hamilton triumphed in Azerbaijan.

Google now allows you to set Alexa as default assistant on Android
MICROSOFT HAS shown off its Cortana-Alexa integration for the first time, and in the cold light of day, it's a little bit cringy. Instead of using the physical button to activate Alexa or Cortana , you can also activate them asking Google Assistant to do so.

Gap apologises for 'incorrect' Chinese map on T-shirts
According to the state-owned Global Times , the map also left out southern Tibet and the South China Sea . Other companies have felt compelled to apologize to the massive nation.

Jon Favreau's Star Wars TV series set after Return of the Jedi
Mark Hamill and Billy Dee Williams were both present at the red carpet premiere, and both showered the film with praise. Solo: A Star Wars Story is expected to gross around $170 million in the opening holiday weekend.

Google launches its own IoT platform called Android Things
However, it seems like users will be able to access some of the Android Auto features even without owning an Android phone . Although officially Google IO doesn't begin until tomorrow that hasn't stopped Google from beginning their announcements.

Falcon 9 Block 5 poised for launch at Kennedy Space Center
Bangabandhu-I, Bangladesh's first ever high-orbit communications satellite , will be launched today by SpaceX. Once in place, the satellite will provide telecom services for Bangladesh and the surrounding region.

Kim meets China's president ahead of Trump summit
Shortly after Xinhua's announcement, Trump tweeted that he would be talking to his "friend" Xi in the next hour. Chinese media confirmed that Kim had visited and met with Xi, according to Reuters' Josh Smith .

Barca hold Madrid to remain unbeaten
And with little to play for apart from a second-place finish, there is no need to risk Ronaldo. Bale received a pass from Marco Asensio on that possession. "We had a lot of chances".