VIDEO: Damaging Northeast Storms Kill Five Including Young Camper

By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
July 10, 2014; 6:57 AM ET
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Severe storms ransacked parts of the Northeast on Tuesday, killing five. The storms downed trees, caused mass power outages, and damaged homes, in some cases destroying them.

Four of the fatalities occurred in Smithfield, New York, according to the Associated Press.

The small town, roughly 30 miles east of Syracuse, also reported three collapsed homes, two of which were entirely destroyed. No tornado has been confirmed by the National Weather Service for the area, though damage assessment will continue.

A young boy was killed by a falling tree at a summer camp in Manchester, Maryland, on Tuesday night. According to the River Valley Ranch Facebook page, the camp staff began ushering campers to a more secure building once the storms approached the area, which is located just south of the Pennsylvania border.

Trees and branches began falling before all of the campers made it into the building, injuring eight and causing one fatality.

(Photo/Twitter User: Sara Fox @farasox11)

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Storms swept through areas of New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, West Virginia and even caused damage as far south as Virginia. There were widespread reports of roads blocked by trees, damaged homes and high winds.

Nearly 100,000 people were without power in Pennsylvania and more than 86,000 in West Virginia.

Philadelphia experienced widespread power outages, which Senior AccuWeather Meteorologist Elliot Abrams said were caused by a microburst. When thunderstorms ramp up and bring high winds, a sudden drop of wind can push towards the ground and spread out upon impact.

Abrams likens the phenomenon to a bowling alley; the ball is the wind that travels down a narrow path and the pins are the trees that fall to the ground upon being struck.

"A bowling ball of high winds smashed though the area, flattening trees like toothpicks and snapping power lines," Abrams said of Tuesday's microburst.

Trees downed on power lines in Valley City, Ohio. (Photo/jasprill19)

Confirmed tornadoes touched down in Medina County and Canfield, Ohio, as well as in Hoagland, Pennsylvania. All were classified as EF1 with winds up to 94 mph.

Wind damage caused trees to fall, blocking roads in Mercer, PA. (Photo/ Facebook User: Matthew Ellis)

High winds uprooted trees near homes in Quincy, PA. (Photo/ Facebook User: Damien Reisch)

Violent storms in Ohio also caused damage to residences and even produced tornadoes in some areas. (Photo/@JRULE21)

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