A Brutal Storm, a Toppled Tree, Then: 'My Daughter, My Daughter'

11-year-old among at least 4 dead after extreme tri-state weather
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2018 9:25 AM CDT
Chris Fletcher, left, and his wife, Noel, survey the storm damage to their home in Cheshire, Conn., on Wednesday.   (Patrick Raycraft/Hartford Courant via AP)
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(Newser) – A powerful storm across the tri-state area claimed the lives of at least four people Tuesday, including an 11-year-old girl crushed by a tree as her mom unloaded a vehicle outside their home in Newburgh, NY. The top half of the black SUV was flattened. "The mother was on the porch, crying, 'My daughter, my daughter,'" a witness tells NBC New York. "It kind of gave me a chill when I first saw it." The man says rescuers used the Jaws of Life to free the girl, who was pronounced dead at a hospital. Around the same time, a woman died when a tree fell on her vehicle as she drove in Newburgh, per PIX11. Two others died when trees fell on vehicles in New Fairfield and Danbury, Conn., including a man who'd sought shelter from the storm in his pickup, reports WABC.

Hundreds of toppled trees were reported across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut as the storm knocked out power to 250,000. In New York City, metal and scaffolding flew through the air. In Danbury, Conn., a teenager suffered serious injuries after being hit by the roof of a baseball dugout. In Passaic, NJ, a roof was also ripped off a day care, though no injuries were reported. Amid heavy rain, high winds, and marble- to baseball-sized hail, states of emergency were declared in several New York counties, though calm had mostly descended by nightfall. The Hartford Courant reports more than 90,000 remained without power Wednesday morning and "scores of roads are impassable." Many schools across the region are closed as officials continue to survey and clear paths through the damage.

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