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)
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)
The punches just keep coming from Old Man Winter as another storm with snow may sweep from the Midwest this weekend into the Northeast by Groundhog Day.
An Alberta Clipper will bring a fresh wave of snow to the Northeast for the end of the week.
As it became obvious on Saturday that a major blizzard was going to hit the Northeast, the track and size of the storm became critical as to which areas would be hit the hardest.
A storm brewing in the Southwest is expected to plow into the Plains and Midwest over the weekend and pass rather close to Chicagoland.
The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks will take center stage on Sunday, Feb. 1, as Super Bowl kicks off in Glendale, Arizona.
The same storm opening the door for snow showers to stream across the United Kingdom and Ireland will impact southern Europe late in the week.
New York City (1780)
Reported temperature of minus 16 degrees; heavy guns brought over ice of Upper Bay from Manhattan to Staten Island.
Great Olympic Blowdown along Oregon and Washington coasts as hurricane winds confined by mountains overwhelmed forests; wind gusts to 150 mph.
Mid Atlantic/ Northeast (1966)
Strong coastal storm (Jan. 29th-30th). Blizzard conditions with gale-force winds; over 50 deaths, 1-2 feet of snow with drifts to over 10 feet. Snowfall amounts and wind speeds: Washington, DC 12.0 inches Baltimore, MD 12.0 inches Roanoke, VA 17.0 inches West Virginia 12-20 inches Chesapeake Bay 10-16 inches Charlotte, NC 4.4 inches Reading, PA 11.7 inches & 54 mph winds Harrisburg, PA 10.2 inches & 42 mph winds Philadelphia, PA 8.3 inches & 38 mph winds Williamsport, PA 13.0 inches & 32 mph winds Pittsburgh, PA 6.0 inches & 35 mph winds Allentown, PA 11.5 inches & 46 mph winds State College, PA 10.0 inches Newport, PA 16.0 inches