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Isaias leaves 1 dead in New York, nearly 2 mn without power in Tri-State area

New York, Aug 4 (efe-epa).- Tropical Storm Isaias was moving through New York state late Tuesday afternoon, having left one dead in New York City, disrupting public transportation and knocking out power to nearly 2 million people in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

The fatal victim, a 60-year-old man in the New York City borough of Queens, was inside his vehicle when a tree fell on top of it, authorities said.

A felled tree in Brooklyn also left one individual in critical condition, while it was unclear if anyone was injured in the collapse of a three-story building in that borough.

Wind gusts of up to 110 kilometers (70 miles) per hour and torrential rains pounded the Big Apple in the middle of the day, prompting authorities to recommend that people remain in their homes.

Isaias also disrupted transportation in New York City, forcing the temporary suspension of subway lines that run outdoors and some commuter rail service and shutting down traffic on several bridges.

Electric utility Con Edison, meanwhile, said some 110,000 customers were without electricity service in New York City, according to local channel Spectrum News NY1, which said that was the largest number of storm-related power outages since Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

The impact was much greater in New Jersey, where 1.4 million residential and commercial customers were left without power due to Isaias. According to local media outlet NJ.com, that number represents 25 percent of all power customers in that state.

In Connecticut, some 260,000 customers lost power.

Isaias, the ninth named storm system of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, struck the Bahamas on Aug. 1 as a Category 1 hurricane.

After being downgraded to a tropical storm and running parallel to the coasts of Florida and Georgia, it later regained hurricane status before making landfall on the coast of North Carolina and then moving up the east coast as a tropical storm.

A suspected tornado associated with Isaias wreaked havoc in a mobile home park in Bertie County, North Carolina, the governor said.

“Isaias hit North Carolina head on,” Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday. “Sadly, we have two deaths attributed to the storm and our thoughts are with those impacted by the devastation. As clean up continues, don’t forget the pandemic is still with is. So help your neighbor, but do it safely by wearing your mask, keeping your distance and bringing your hand sanitizer.”

The governor’s website said the suspected tornado also sent a dozen more people to the hospital and destroyed about 10 homes.

According to the latest bulletin from the Miami-based National Hurricane Center, Isaias is currently packing strong, gusty winds and bringing heavy rainfall to parts of New York state.

Parts of New England are at risk of tornadoes through Tuesday evening, according to the NHC, which said the center of the storm is projected to continue to move farther inland over eastern New York and Vermont on Tuesday afternoon and evening and over southern Canada on Tuesday night. EFE

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