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Storm in northeastern U.S. kills 6

At least seven people have died and more than 500,000 households were without power after weekend torrential storms tore through northeastern United States.

At least six people died and more than 500,000 households lost electricity after weekend torrential storms tore through northeastern United States.

Strong winds and heavy rains uprooted trees, downed power lines and flooded creeks in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania at the peak of Saturday's storm.

One woman died when a falling tree struck her as she was walking late Saturday in Greenwich, Conn., police said. Another woman was killed in Westport, Conn., when a tree fell on a car Saturday evening.

In Teaneck, N.J., two neighbours were killed by a falling oak tree as they headed home from a synagogue at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

In Hartsdale, N.Y., a man died when a tree crushed the roof of his car, entangling it in live wire.

In Rhode Island, an off-duty officer died Sunday after his car hydroplaned in a patch of standing water left from the weekend storm.

In New Hampshire, a large pine tree fell on a car travelling on a highway on Sunday afternoon, killing a man and injuring his wife and child, police said.

At the storm's peak, more than 265,000 customers in the New York City area and 235,000 customers in New Jersey were without power. The Philadelphia area reported 70,000 customers without electricity, while more than 80,000 customers in Connecticut sat in the dark.

PECO, an electric company serving the Philadelphia area, had assistance from crews from western Pennsylvania and Michigan, but some customers may have to wait until Monday for power to be restored, spokesman Fred Maher said.

Storm damages buildings

The storm also damaged many buildings.

In Uniondale, N.Y., the aging Nassau Coliseum lost three pieces of its aluminum facade.

In Atlantic City, the horizontal arm of a boom crane fell 47 floors at the Revel Casino construction site. Debris went flying and crashed through the driver's side window of a police car whose officer suffered only minor injuries.

In Ocean Grove, N.J., strong winds fueled a fire that started in a home in that quickly spread and destroyed four other homes and damaged a historic inn.

Flood warnings were issued for northern Jersey rivers, including the Ramapo River at Mahwah and Saddle River at Lodi, where minor to moderate flooding was expected Sunday. A coastal flood advisory was in effect for the Jersey Shore.

In suburban New York City, the storm caused major erosion at Jones Beach where the entire sand area was underwater Sunday, and all trails at Long Island's state parks had to be closed because at least 100 fallen trees.

In northern New England, a wind advisory and flood watch were in effect for extreme southern Maine and parts of New Hampshire.

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