The northeast has experienced several deadly thunderstorms this Summer. The latest occurred last night, killing at least three people and leaving more than 100,000 people without power.
According to CNN, one of the people who died in the storms last night was Assistant Attorney General Richard Schwartz.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said:
“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I would like to express my sympathy to the loved ones of Assistant Attorney General Richard Schwartz, who tragically lost his life during last night’s severe storm.”
A 61-year-old man was also killed in New York City. The Guardian reports that the man died when bolt of lightning struck a Brooklyn church and sent a piece of scaffolding down to the street.
A police spokesman said:
“It’s possible that lightning struck the top of the roof, causing some bricks to fall on top of the scaffolding, causing the scaffolding to fall on top of the victim.”
The third death from the storm occurred in Pennsylvania. CNN reports that the woman was camping and decided to seek shelter in her car. Unfortunately, a tree fell on the car during the storm.
The storms also left hundreds of thousands of people without power. First Energy said that at least 100,000 customers didn’t have electricity in Pennsylvania. PECO and PPL also said that tens of thousands of customers had suffered power outages. In New York, Cuomo said that 95,000 homes and businesses were without power.
Here’s a video of the thunderstorm.
Last month, another series of thunderstorms blew across the Northeast. Millions of people were left without power after those storms and at least 6 people lost their lives.