Fierce storms kill 5, leave more than 400,000 without power

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 7:00am

A rash of severe weather pummeled several eastern states Tuesday, killing at least five people and leaving more than 400,000 without power.

One boy died and eight other children were injured when a storm struck a church camp near Manchester, Maryland, the Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department said.

"We had a very fast moving storm go through the area with heavy winds and rain, and the campers got caught away from their shelter," Don Fair of the Lineboro fire department said.

He said trees fell on nine campers. One was trapped under a tree, and the others suffered minor injuries.

In New York, four people died in the Syracuse area after the storm destroyed four homes, Madison County Undersheriff John Ball said.

Fierce winds there whipped torrential rain sideways. Several trees were uprooted or snapped at the trunk. Many more houses were damaged, Ball said.

And many of those who were fortunate enough to have their homes intact lost power.

As of early Wednesday morning, almost 300,000 electric customers in Pennsylvania had no power, the state's major utility companies said.

And New York's major utility companies said more than 129,000 customers lost power.

CNN's Julie Cannold, Allie Malloy and Tina Burnside contributed to this report.


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