At Least One Person Dead After Powerful Storms Hit Northeast

By Jesse Sokolow on 23 July 2019
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DSC_0340A series of storms caused flooding, power outages, and at least one death in the Northeast Monday night. The severe weather resulted in the cancellation of hundreds of flights and delayed thousands more.

Rain fell in some areas at the rate of 1” to 2” (2.5 to 5 cm) per hour, prompting multiple flash flood warnings for much of the region.

The storm also brought damaging winds, with gusts of over 60 mph (97 km/h) reported in some areas.

At least one person, a 17-year-old boy in Neptune, New Jersey, was killed after a fire tore through his home during a power outage. Authorities reported that candles might have been the cause of the blaze.

Both John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports were shut down due to ground stops during the storm. Airports in the region reported 719 cancellations and 1,848 delays. Over 7,500 flights were delayed in the United States, many as an outgrowth of the storms.

Streets and highways in the region were flooded and some became impassable due to downed trees. Some of the hardest-hit areas were in Brooklyn and Queens, where portions of the Clearview Expressway, the Long Island Expressway, and several major streets were closed due to flooding. More than a dozen cars were submerged in floodwaters in one part of Brooklyn.

The storm caused a series of power outages that affected some 240,000 customers in New Jersey, the power company, Jersey Central Power and Light, said in a tweet.

Four subway lines in Queens were shut down as a result of an air conditioning power failure that affected signals, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Monday night. In addition, multiple Long Island Rail Road trains were either delayed or cancelled after several trees fell on tracks west of Speonk, a hamlet in Southampton.

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