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Death toll rises after severe storm pummels Northeast

Death toll rises after severe storm pummels Northeast

Cleanup was under way Wednesday following powerful storms that pounded the Northeast and resulted in the deaths of at least four people, including a child.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency Tuesday night in the New York counties of Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and Sullivan as they worked to recover from the severe thunderstorms.

Cuomo also announced in a tweet that he was “deploying members of the New York National Guard to assist with recovery operations.”

“New York has once again withstood the fury of Mother Nature and now is the time for the state and our local partners to get communities throughout the Mid-Hudson region up and running again,” Cuomo said in a statement.

“Driving and accessing roadways may still be difficult and I encourage all drivers to stay off the roads in order for our crews to get our roadways clear and safe as soon as possible.”

As of Wednesday morning, hundreds of thousands of customers remained without power in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Severe storms pummeled the Northeast on Tuesday, bringing heavy rains, strong winds, hail, downed trees and substantial damage.

In the city of Newburgh in Orange County, an 11-year-old girl was killed when powerful winds caused a tree to fall on a parked car as her mother was unloading packages from the vehicle. The mother suffered minor injuries.

In Connecticut, two people were killed in separate incidents when trees fell on their vehicles, NBC Connecticut reported.

In Pennsylvania, a man was also killed as a result of the storm after a tree fell on a car in the Poconos, WNEP-TV reported.

With Post wires

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