Tornadoes, Severe Thunderstorms Rip Through Northeast: At Least 4 Killed, Thousands Without Power

Severe weather northeast 8 July 2014

Severe weather North-East, 8 July 2014

(SOURCE)  At least four people, including one child, were killed as a line of severe storms from Ohio to New York ripped through the Northeast on Tuesday. The storms spawned at least three tornadoes, felled trees and left hundreds of thousands without power. 

In New York, three people were killed in Madison County when homes collapsed during a possible tornado, according to the National Weather Service.  One child was killed and eight children were injured in Maryland after trees fell on a summer camp on Tuesday night, CBS Baltimore reported. 

A state of Emergency was in eastern Syracuse, New York because of ‘significant damage there,’ CNY Central reports. 

Below are the storms’ impacts, state-by-state:

Ohio

At least three EF-1 tornadoes were confirmed in Ohio on Tuesday afternoon as strong storms moved across the state. An EF-1 tornado touched down around 1:47 p.m. in the town of Hinckley in Medina County, south of Cleveland, damaging at least one home. Another EF-1 tornado swept through western Medina County around 1:33 p.m, causing minor structural damage to a barn and a few homes. 

A third EF-1 tornado struck in Mahoning in Canfield Township around 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, damaging about 10 homes and felling trees.  No injuries have been reported. 

Storm surveyors are assessing other areas in northeastern Ohio for possible tornados.

Maryland

In Maryland, one child was killed and at least eight others were injured at River Valley Ranch summer camp in Lineboro after trees fell at the camp. Officials said that the children were running for safety when the storm hit. The children were all taken to local hospitals, CBS Baltimore reports. 

Damage to trees and cars was reported in Hagerstown in Washington County, according to the National Weather Service. Thousands were without power in the Baltimore Metro area. 

New York

Three people were killed in Peterboro after three homes apparently collapsed in strong storms in Madison County. 

A swath of the state between Syracuse and Utica reproted major damage, including collapsed houses and felled trees and power lines. In hard-hit Syracuse, a state of emergency was declared and the Mayor asked people to stay off the roads. Over 100,000 people were without power across the state by 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday night. 

The Watertown Daily News reports a farm in Loweville was heavily damaged by a reported tornado. A barn with about 50 cows partially collapsed and multiple trees fell on the property.  

A drive-through movie theater sustained damage in Miletto, NY. 

Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, thousands were without power as strong storms moved through the state. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the Tuesday afternoon cold front spurred several tornado reports to emergency dispatchers in northwestern Pennsylvania’s Mercer County.

There also were reports of damaged roofs and downed trees in Mercer and Armstrong counties. 

A National Weather Service meteorologist tells the Post-Gazette winds of more than 40 miles per hour were recorded in the Pittsburgh area.

PECO said Tuesday night that 204,000 customers were without power in the Philadelphia metro area, 73,000 of those in Chester County.

Washington, D.C.

In Washington, D.C., Pepco said more than 28,000 customers in Montgomery County are without power after strong storms moved through the metro area.

The power company’s website said that as of about 8 p.m. Tuesday 28,276 customers were without power in Montgomery County. Another 3,600 customers were without power in Prince George’s County.

About 200 customers were without power in the District of Columbia, where it was still raining at 8 p.m.

West Virginia

In West Virginia, mobile homes were reportedly flipped over by strong wind gusts in Berkeley County. Several homes were damaged and power was out in Wood County, West Virginia. At least one injury was reported in Cuzzart. Trees were down on houses in Parkersburg.

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