Crews, Residents Clean Up After Powerful Storms Pound Northeast

Residents in parts of the Northeast were cleaning up Wednesday, a day after powerful storms pounded the region with torrential rain and marble-sized hail, leaving at least three people dead and more 200,000 homes and businesses without power.

In Massachusetts, several communities dealt with thunderstorms and lightning. In Auburn, the fast-moving storm caused a massive tree to fall across one street, bringing down power lines.

"I heard a noise and then everything went black," said resident Ben Anderson. "I thought something like this would never happen."

Crews remained on the scene into the night to remove the tree and to rebuild the utility pole so they could re-establish power.

In Connecticut, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said a man was killed in the Candlewood Lake area. Boughton said the man was mowing a lawn and decided to shelter in a truck when the storm came in. A tree came down on the truck, killing him.

Another man suffered serious injuries when the roof at a baseball dugout flew off and struck him, the mayor confirmed.

A 41-year-old woman was also killed in New Fairfield during the storms when a tree fell toppled onto her car, according to state police. Authorities said a 3-year-old child who was with her did not appear to be hurt.

In New York, an 11-year-old New York girl was killed when a large tree toppled onto the car she was in.

An estimated 90,000 customers reported being without power in Connecticut, most in the western part of the state. An official said it could take days to get the power back on.

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