Storms kill 2, knock out power, down trees on East Coast

  • Lynda and Michael Behrens look at their crushed Lexus after an oak tree snapped and landed on both the car and front porch Friday in Madison, N.J. AP PHOTO/Rich Schultz

  • In this photo provided by the New York State Governor's Office, a man looks from a window of a house being flooded by rising waters of the East Canada Creek, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 in Dolgeville, N.Y. He was rescued by local police. Several hundred people were being evacuated in scattered areas around the state because of high waters. (Darren McGee/New York State Governor's Office via AP) Darren McGee

  • In this photo provided by the New York State Governor's Office, houses are flooded by rising waters of the East Canada Creek, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 in Dolgeville, N.Y. Several hundred people were being evacuated in scattered areas around the state because of high waters. (Darren McGee/New York State Governor's Office via AP) Darren McGee

  • A fallen tree and down power lines block E Street Road near Middletown Road after Thursday's storm in Thornbury Township, Pa. Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. Homes have been destroyed in Pennsylvania and hundreds of thousands of utility customers were left without power after severe thunderstorms struck the Eastern Seaboard. At least 420,000 customers from South Carolina up to Maine and in Ohio were without power just before midnight Thursday. (Jessica Griffin/The Philadelphia Inquirer... Jessica Griffin

  • People stand in front of house damaged by Thursday nights severe weather in Thornbury Township, Pa., on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. Homes have been destroyed in Pennsylvania and hundreds of thousands of utility customers were left without power after severe thunderstorms struck the Eastern Seaboard. At least 420,000 customers from South Carolina up to Maine and in Ohio were without power just before midnight Thursday. (Anna Orso/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP) ANNA ORSO / The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP

  • Nearby neighbors Shane wilson, left, and sister Noelle Wilson, center, walk their dog Auggie past a damaged house from Wednesday's storm on in Thornbury Township, Pa, on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. Homes have been destroyed in Pennsylvania and hundreds of thousands of utility customers were left without power after severe thunderstorms struck the Eastern Seaboard. At least 420,000 customers from South Carolina up to Maine and in Ohio were without power just before midnight Thursday.... ( JESSICA GRIFFIN / The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP )

  • In this photo provided by the New York State Governor's Office, a man looks from a window of a house being flooded by rising waters of the East Canada Creek as police arrive in a rescue boat, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 in Dolgeville, N.Y. Several hundred people were being evacuated in scattered areas around the state because of high waters. (Darren McGee/New York State Governor's Office via AP) Darren McGee

  • A first responder carries a young girl to safety after she was rescued from a house being flooded by rising creek waters Friday in Dolgeville, N.Y. NEW YORK STATE/Darren McGee

  • Crews from Madison Electric and Butler Municipal Power and Light work on downed power lines on Green Hill Road Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, in Madison, N.J. The borough was hit by high winds on heavy rain late the night before. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz) Rich Schultz

  • Crews from Butler Municipal Power and Light work on downed power lines on Green Village Road, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, in Madison, N.J. The borough was hit by high winds on heavy rain late the night before. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz) Rich Schultz

  • Crews from Madison Electric and Butler Municipal Power and Light work on downed power lines on Green Hill Road on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, in Madison, N.J. The borough was hit by high winds on heavy rain late the night before. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz) Rich Schultz

  • A large Oak tree leans on the roof of a house on Green Village Road on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, in Madison, N.J. The borough was hit by high winds on heavy rain late the night before. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz) Rich Schultz

  • Crews from Madison Electric and Butler Municipal Power and Light work on downed power lines as a large tree and sidewalk pad are lifted on Green Hill Road on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, in Madison, N.J. The borough was hit by high winds on heavy rain late the night before. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz) Rich Schultz

Associated Press
Published: 11/1/2019 10:45:04 PM
Modified: 11/1/2019 10:44:49 PM

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Storms that began on Halloween killed at least two people, caused flooding, downed trees and power lines and damaged homes from the Deep South to the Northeast on Friday.

The number of people without power — from South Carolina to Maine and in Ohio — was starting to creep down, but still more than 440,000 customers were without electricity Friday afternoon.

A man who was injured when a tree fell on his van later died, Tennessee officials said Friday. In New York, the body of a driver who was swept away on Thursday was found.

In a New York City suburb, a 9-year-old girl was injured on Halloween when she was hit by a falling tree while trick or treating. Another person was injured when a tornado touched down in Pennsylvania.

A tornado with winds of 111 to 135 miles per hour tore through Glen Mills, a Delaware County suburb of Philadelphia, the National Weather Service confirmed.

Local officials say that at least two dozen homes were damaged and one person was injured. Investigators are still evaluating whether tornadoes touched down elsewhere in Pennsylvania.

Several trees came down in New Jersey, which had almost 10,000 homes and businesses without power.

Almost 180,000 customers were without power in New York state after a night of heavy rain and wind gusts of up to 70 mph.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo told Spectrum News on Friday that several hundred people were being evacuated in scattered areas around the state because of high waters. In the central New York village of Dolgeville, police had to use a boat to rescue people from a home. The Buffalo area, meanwhile, was dealing with flash flooding after 4 to 5 inches of rain.

The weather also led to the cancellation of the opening session of the luge national championships at Mount Van Hoevenberg, which is Essex. USA Luge says Saturday’s races remain on schedule.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Conor Lahiff in Burlington, Vermont, said the amount of rainfall in some parts of northeastern New York and northern Vermont was almost double what had been forecast.

“We knew there would be rivers to come up because we had saturated soils,” said Lahiff.

A flood warning remained in effect for much of northern Vermont and officials expected flooding to continue into the evening. Dozens of roads have been closed across the state.

Electric utilities across Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine were busy restoring service to tens of thousands of customers who lost power due to high winds.

In Maine, more than 130,000 customers were without power Friday morning. In Vermont the number was more than 44,000 customers were without power, and in New Hampshire it was about 16,000.

Many schools across Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine delayed or canceled classes on Friday.

The Maine Emergency Management Agency warned that some residents will likely be in the dark into the weekend following winds that topped 70 mph in the coastal town of Castine.

The state’s largest utility, Central Maine Power, is getting help from crews for other utilities, including some in Canada, and is trying to line up even more help, but is struggling because there’s damage all over the region.

The storm comes two weeks after a similar storm two weeks ago left more than 200,000 homes and businesses in the dark in Maine.

In Orono, Maine, the state’s flagship university was again without power after coping with major outages during the October storm.




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