Shocking photos show the carnage caused by a huge storm that battered the Northeast on Thursday, including an SUV that was flattened by a falling tree, killing an 11-year-old girl.
The photos showed the crushed vehicle surrounded by tree limbs and debris outside the family's home.
According to the girl's mother, she had just parked the SUV in their driveway when the tree snapped.
The young girl had been sitting in her mother's car as she unloaded groceries when the tree fell around 4.15pm in Newburgh, NBC reported. Neither the mother or daughter has been identified.
Witness Ramon Rodriguez said: 'The mother was on the porch, crying, 'My daughter, my daughter'. It kind of gave me a chill when I first saw it.'
Firefighters used power tools to cut away tree limbs to try to rescue her, but the girl died.
At least four other people have been killed as a result of the massive storm system. Also in Newburgh, police said a tree fell on a woman who was operating a vehicle. She died a short time later.
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Shocking photos show the carnage caused by a huge storm that battered the Northeast on Thursday, including an SUV that was flattened by a falling tree, killing an 11-year-old girl
The photos showed the crushed vehicle surrounded by tree limbs and debris outside the family's home
According to the girl's mother, she had just parked the SUV in their driveway when the tree snapped
A similar incident happened in Connecticut where a man was also killed in his truck on Tuesday afternoon after a tree fell on it. The storm caused several trees also fell on homes throughout the Northeast
Several photos showed the damage caused by the storm in areas across New York on Tuesday evening
In Connecticut a man was killed in his truck Tuesday afternoon after a tree fell on it.
The 32-year-old man was a local firefighter in Danbury, CBS Local reported, but his identity has not yet been released.
Local Mayor Mark Boughton said responders needed to use boats to reach the man because the roads were blocked with trees, PIX 11 reported.
Connecticut officials said a third man in New Fairfield was also killed Tuesday in a separate accident when a tree fell on his truck. His identity has not been released.
And in Pennsylvania, emergency crews responded to an accident in Chestnuthill Township around 4pm.
A tree had fallen on 31-year-old Matthew Ryan's car, according to WNEP. He died at the scene.
Authorities also reported that a teenager standing on a baseball field was seriously injured after the roof of a dugout blew off and hit him in the head.
Videos and photos show trees resting on top of crushed cars and houses, vehicles submerged in water and residents handling large hail, some the size of tennis balls.
Connecticut officials said a third man in New Fairfield was also killed Tuesday in a separate accident when a tree fell on his truck. First responders are seen assessing the scene on Tuesday evening
Residents in the Northeast are now cleaning up after the powerful storms pounded the region with torrential rain and marble-sized hail
Wind gusts of up to 70mph, heavy rain, thunderstorms and hail wreaked havoc on Tuesday night
Residents in the Northeast are now cleaning up after the powerful storms pounded the region with torrential rain and marble-sized hail.
There were more than 100 reports of hail in states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut, the National Weather Service said.
Morning commuters in New York and Boston were expected to face patchy dense fog, the National Weather Service warned, while some commuter trains in the New York City metro area were suspended or delayed.
FLIGHT DELAYS: MAY 15
Source: Flight Aware
Nearly 400,000 homes in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Jersey are still experiencing blackouts as of 8am Wednesday morning, according to PowerOutage.us.
More than 148,000 utility customers in New York are still without power.
In Connecticut, the state's two major utilities reported 90,000 without electricity, mostly in the western part of the state. An official said it could take days to get the power back on.
Several lightning strikes led to structure fires in New Jersey and Massachusetts. New York's Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp 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.
Airlines also canceled and delayed flights in and out of the region.
At JFK airport on Tuesday night, inbound flights were delayed at their origin for nearly four hours, and departures were delayed more than two hours and 15 minutes, Flightaware reported.
The site showed that 43 flights heading to JFK had been cancelled, and 40 leaving the airport were also cancelled.
The situation was worse in New Jersey, where 103 flights heading to Newark were cancelled and 107 heading out of the airport were also scrapped.
In New York City on Tuesday evening, thousands of commuters were stranded in Grand Central Terminal after rail lines were temporarily suspended due to downed trees on the tracks.
Concourses were packed with passengers waiting for service to resume.
Several lines were affected, and pictures show thousands of people crammed inside with nowhere to go.
In New York City on Tuesday evening, thousands of commuters were stranded in Grand Central Terminal after rail lines were temporarily suspended due to downed trees on the tracks
Concourses were packed with passengers waiting for service to resume. Several lines were affected, and pictures show thousands of people crammed inside with nowhere to go
Thousands were seen milling about the station as they waited for services to restart, not willing to brave the strong storm that had just rolled over the city
Disheartened commuters were seen piling on to the platform as trains slowly trickled in
Screenshots showed Lyft and Uber allegedly charging up to $300 for a ride out of Grand Central Station
Trains to Harlem were suspended, while the Metro-North New Haven Line and part of the Hudson line operated with speed restrictions.
Massive crowds resulted in doors to the station being shut to keep extra people from flooding the already packed out area.
Lyft and Uber reportedly made a fortune out of the commuting ordeal, with screenshots showing both services reportedly charged upwards of $200 to get out of the area.
New York Gov Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and Sullivan counties.
He deployed 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.'
Downed trees and power lines block Main Street South in Bridgewater, Connecticut, after severe storms rolled through the area on Tuesday
Emergency personnel look at a Freightliner tractor-trailer, which was overturned by strong winds associated with a thunderstorm, while crossing the Susquehanna River at Danville, Pennsylvania
A Freightliner tractor-trailer, which was overturned by strong winds associated with a thunderstorm, rests on a barrier on a bridge crossing the Susquehanna River
Officials in Brookfield, Connecticut, declared a town disaster and told residents to stay inside until they could assess the damage.
'Please be aware that there are hundreds of downed trees, utility poles and electrical lines. AVOID all down trees and utility poles as they may still involve LIVE power lines,' the Brookfield Police Department said on Facebook.
Most air traffic was back to normal on Wednesday morning after more than 500 flights were canceled at the three major airports serving the New York area on Tuesday, and more than 100 at Boston's Logan International, according to tracking service FlightAware.com.
But residents are bracing for possible floods following Tuesday's storm.
The storms appear to be over for now, but more rain is expected to fall in the comings days and cause more flooding.
'The flood concern going forward looks to be from Virginia up into Southern New Jersey where rainfall amounts could be 4-8 inches over the coming days with localized amounts exceeding 10 inches,' CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.
The storm swept over the city quickly just after 5pm and caused chaos for people in America's north east
Dark storm clouds gathered over New York city seen from the Hudson River
Over the next three days, much of the east coast will see rain.
In the Washington, DC, and Baltimore area 2 to 3 inches of rainfall has already fallen since Saturday and additional rounds of heavy rainfall will increase the threat of flash flooding, according to The Weather Channel.
According to CNN, More than 60 water rescues were reported in Frederick County, Maryland after over 6 inches of rain fell on Tuesday, county officials said.
In Frederick County, Maryland, more than 80 people were trapped aboard a Maryland Rail Commuter (MARC) train that was stuck in the rising floodwaters until midnight, according to WTOP.
First responders made at least 60 water rescues as police were forced to close several roads in the area due to the flooding.
Michele Bowman of the Frederick City police Department told the station that no one was hurt, though several cars had to be towed out of the water.
'We were dealing with a lot of stranded motorists who found themselves in high water … When you're driving on dark roads, it is hard to see,' Bowman said.