UPDATED 6:20 AM PT — Wed. May 16., 2018
Extreme weather ripped through the Northeast, leaving a path of destruction in its wake.
According to reports, an 11-year-old girl in New York and two others in Connecticut were killed when trees crushed them inside cars.
On Tuesday, hundreds of thousands of Americans from Maryland to New Hampshire were issued thunderstorm warnings as heavy rain and hail slammed neighborhoods.
Most of the damage and fear stemmed from hurricane-like winds, which reached more than 70-miles-per-hour in some areas.
Powerful gusts sent debris flying and ripped roofs off structures. Power lines came crashing down in flames in many areas, leaving hundreds of thousands without power.
While many were in the dark, more than 25,000 people were stuck at New York City’s Grand Central Station during rush hour.
“Earlier today Metro North began their contingency planning for what happened this evening which couldn’t have happened in a worse time, at the very, very beginning of rush hour,” explained Joseph Lhota, Chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. “Workers were deployed throughout the system, numerous trees came down on all three lines, and they immediately started to take the trees off.”
Meanwhile, other areas of New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont were on tornado watch, leading officials to remind residents to seek shelter immediately if conditions worsened.
As thousands begin the cleanup process, experts say the extreme storms are expected to diminish, but rain will continue throughout the day Wednesday.