Deadly storm causes power outage in NYC area

By Ray Downs  |  May 15, 2018 at 8:49 PM
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May 15 (UPI) -- A storm featuring heavy rains and wind gusts hit the New York City area on Tuesday evening, causing power outages, transportation delays and at least one death.

The storm brought torrential rain, hail, thunder and winds up to 70 mph to New York City and the surrounding suburbs in the tri-state area. At least 87,000 people were without power, NBC New York reported.

In Newburgh, N.Y., located about 60 miles north of Manhattan, an 11-year-old girl died when a tree fell on a car she was in, the Mid-Hudson Valley Patch reported.

In New York City, the subway system and the Metro-North railroad reported delays and temporary suspensions. In Manhattan, Penn Station and Grand Central -- the two largest transportation hubs in the city -- were temporarily closed to avoid overcrowding. Access was eventually resumed later in the evening.

Trains were delayed in the city's outer boroughs due to fallen trees on the tracks.

In Pennsylvania, where primary elections were held Tuesday, the storm caused power outages in several counties. The Scranton Times-Tribune reported that voting was uninterrupted in Lackawanna County, but counting was delayed because scanners were without power.

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