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Cleanup Resumes After Powerful Storms Hit New England

The storm front was separate from the one that triggered 60 mph winds and collapsed a circus tent Monday in Lancaster, New Hampshire, killing two people and sending 32 others to a hospital

Cleanup is still underway Wednesday morning after a line of powerful thunderstorms rolled through communities in southern New England on Tuesday, toppling trees and leaving as many as 150,000 electric customers without power at the height of the storms.

Utilities are reporting progress in restoring service to tens of thousands of residents who lost power, but many will have to wait a bit longer.

As of 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, National Grid said about 44,000 Rhode Island customers remained in the dark. Fewer than 1,300 Massachusetts customers were without electricity.

Isolated wind gusts of more than 80 mph were reported on Tuesday, toppling trees and power lines. Hail the size of eggs fell from the sky.

In Connecticut, a motorist died when a tree fell on the roof of his SUV in Mystic.

In Rhode Island, nine campers were hurt when a violent storm rolled through a state park in Charlestown.

Forecasters say there is only a small chance of thunderstorms on Wednesday.

MEMA is reminding everyone to stay away from downed power lines and to assume they are live. You can call 911 to report any downed lines.

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