Powerful storms kill two people in Northeast

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An 11-year-old girl was killed on Tuesday afternoon when strong winds caused a tree to fall on a parked auto in Newburgh, New York, the Daily Freeman newspaper in Kingston, N.Y., reported. Fallen trees blocking the roads forced rescuers to use a boat to reach the man, who had died before they could arrive, Fox News reported.

Conditions were so bad in Newburgh that the city chose to close all roads due to the damage to trees and electrical infrastructure.

At least five people, including an 11-year-old girl, were killed by falling trees resulting from severe weather on Tuesday. Some schools cancelled classes or delayed their openings.

Although the storm is moving quickly east, severe thunderstorm watches remain in effect from Washington, D.C.to Philadelphia and New York City to Boston.

And thousands of passengers were stranded in New York's Grand Central Station when storm-related damage affected service.

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The storms downed trees and power lines across the region.

A woman, 58, died after a tree fell on her vehicle in the town of Newburgh, New York, said Lt. James Nenni with the police department.

The tracks of the Maryland Rail Commuter train appeared to have gone down after a drainage culvert collapsed, county emergency management spokeswoman Vivian Laxton said.

More rain is expected over the next few days, with potential flooding through Saturday.

In New York, the line of storms pushed through Tuesday afternoon causing havoc right at rush hour. The biggest threat for flooding will be from southern New Jersey to Virginia, where 4-8 inches of rain could fall with localized heavier amounts possible. Moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will fuel downpours that result in rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches across other parts of the Southeast and eventually into the Northeast.

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