Five confirmed dead as severe thunderstorms batter Northeast

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The cleanup is underway throughout the Northeast a day after powerful storms pounded the region with torrential rain and marble-sized hail, leaving at least three people dead and hundreds of thousands of customers without power. The risk of flooding continues in the area Wednesday.

Local news showed footage of trees resting on top of crushed cars and houses, and vehicles submerged in water.

Mark Boughton, the Mayor Danbury, Connecticut confirmed via Twitter a man was killed in his pickup truck while trying to wait out the storm.

Almost 500,000 customers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Virginia were without power by late Tuesday night, fewer power outages than earlier Tuesday, tracking service PowerOutage.us said.

"We ask that you remain indoors for the duration of this evening, until we can better assess damages tomorrow", police in the CT town urged residents. Roads in many towns were impassible and some schools canceled classes on Wednesday due to the damage.

Downed trees and utility poles impacted MA as well, though the severity did not reach the level reported in other northeast regions. "AVOID all down trees and utility poles as they may still involve LIVE power lines", the Brookfield Police Department said on Facebook. Several lightning strikes led to structure fires in New Jersey and MA.

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Airlines also canceled and delayed flights in and out of the region. Metro-North service resumed in the late evening, though some service changes continued today north of the city due to downed trees.

Damage to train tracks from severe weather has suspended Brunswick, Maryland's MARC's Brunswick Line service.

And more heavy rainfalls are headed for the Northeast, with moisture this morning stretching from Florida into the mid-Atlantic.

"The flood concern going forward looks to be from Virginia up into Southern New Jersey where rainfall amounts could be 4-8 inches over the coming days with localized amounts exceeding 10 inches", CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the powerful storms that swept through CT caused extensive damage, and power won't likely be restored to some locations for days.

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