Thunderstorms leave many without power, cause flooding

  • In this Monday, July 22, 2019, photo provided by the Neptune Township OEM and Special Operations, a tree crashed through a home during a severe storm in Neptune Township, N.J. Hundreds of thousands of people in New Jersey are without power after powerful storms blew across the state Monday. The storms packed wind gusts of 60 to 70 mph and downed trees and power lines. Several trees fell on homes across the region, though no injuries were reported. (Donald Colarruso/Neptune Township OEM and Special Operations via AP)

  • A car is crushed under a large tree in Neptune City, N.J., Tuesday, July 23, 2019. Crews are working to restore electricity for hundreds of thousands of people in New Jersey after powerful storms blew across the state the day before. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

TRENTON, N.J. — Storms broke the heat in the Northeast and Midwest but also knocked out power to thousands and caused flash flooding in some areas.

Utilities in New Jersey say around 212,000 homes and businesses didn’t have electricity Tuesday morning. Crews in Michigan were working to reconnect about 100,000 customers who still didn’t have power.

The storms in New Jersey packed wind gusts of 60 to 70 mph (95 to 110 kph) and downed trees and power lines. Several trees fell on homes, though no injuries were reported.

Videos posted on social media Monday night showed flooding deep enough to float cars in parts of New York City.

Major flooding canceled flights through Tuesday afternoon at the Tweed-New Haven Airport, and a lightning strike set a dorm at private school Choate Rosemary Hall on fire.

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