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Cleanup underway a day after powerful storms pound Northeast

NEW YORK — Residents in the Northeast cleaned up Wednesday, a day after powerful storms pounded the region with torrential rain and marble-sized hail, leaving at least four people dead and more than 200,000 homes and businesses without power.

Connecticut officials said two people in New Fairfield and Danbury were killed Tuesday in separate accidents when trees fell on their trucks. In New York, falling trees in Newburgh claimed the lives of an 11-year-old girl in a parked car and a woman who was driving.

Governor Dannel Malloy said damage was being assessed across the state for possible disaster declarations, with the most hard-hit areas being in southwestern Connecticut.

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‘‘There is a tremendous amount of damage,’’ he said. ‘‘I think there are going to be a lot of people without power for days.’’

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The storms downed trees and power lines across the region. Weather officials confirmed two tornadoes in Putnam County.

The National Weather Service said the strong thunderstorms created a small weather-generated tsunami off the New Jersey coast.

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