Tuesday May, 15th started out as a quiet, albeit very warm and humid, day across the northeastern United States. But towards the late afternoon, the Mother Nature unleashed her full fury across the region, with a large severe weather outbreak. A line of very intense thunderstorms tracked from eastern Pennsylvania, through northern New Jersey, southeastern New York, and into Connecticut, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. The storms produced hurricane-force winds, hail measuring over two inches in diameter, and even spawned several tornadoes. At 8 P.M. Tuesday evening, close to half a million customers were without electricity. Tragically, five people lost their lives as a result of trees falling on cars due to the storms.
As of this writing, four tornadoes have been confirmed in New York State. The strongest tornado was an EF2 that touched down in Kent, NY. Two EF1 tornadoes were confirmed in Connecticut, one that went through Southbury and Oxford, CT and another that tracked from Beacon Falls to Hamden, CT. Macrobursts with winds upwards of 110 mph were reported in Wappingers Falls, NY, Cherry Hill, NY, and Brookfield, CT, while a microburst with 80 mph winds was reported in North Salem, NY.