Blustery storm system blows into Northeast after killing 8 in South

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Deadly Storm System Leaves Path of Destruction as It Moves East

A deadly storm that sparked dozens of tornadoes across the Southeast focused its fury on the Northeast early Thursday -- canceling hundreds of flights, causing havoc on the roads, and leaving 100,000 without power.

At least eight people were killed from Louisiana to Virginia this week as at least 60 tornadoes were reported across the region on Tuesday and Wednesday.

See photos of the damage across the South:

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Director of Emergency Operations for St. James Parish Blaise Gravois talks on the phone at Sugar Hill RV Park following a storm in Convent, La., Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. Tornadoes and severe weather ripped through the Gulf Coast on Tuesday, mangling trailers at an RV park and ripping off roofs from buildings in Louisiana and Mississippi, authorities said. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)
Destroyed trailers and vehicles are all that remain of the Sugar Hill RV Park after a suspected tornado hit the park in Convent, La., Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin says authorities are using dogs to search piles of rubble left in the wake of the storm to find anyone else still missing under the debris. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)
This photo released by Col. Mike Edmonson, superintendent of Louisiana State Police, shows an aerial view shows destruction in Convent, La., Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, after a suspected tornado moved through the area Tuesday night. Tornadoes and severe weather ripped through the Gulf Coast on Tuesday, mangling trailers and ripping off roofs from buildings in Louisiana and Mississippi, authorities said. (Col. Mike Edmonson/Louisiana State Police via AP)
Greg Bellanger nails a tarp in place with help from co-workers Gilbert Ortiz, above, and Darren Miller, at right, after a tornado ripped through the area the day before in LaPlace, La., Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. Tornadoes and severe weather ripped through the Gulf Coast on Tuesday, mangling trailers at an RV park, ripping off roofs from buildings and killing several people in Louisiana and Mississippi, authorities said. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)
Burt Miller hammers a piece of particle board over broken windows at the home of his parents after a tornado ripped through the area the day before in LaPlace, La., Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)
A home in LaPlace, La., stands severely damaged by tornadoes and severe weather that swept through the area the day before, on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. Tornadoes and severe weather ripped through the Gulf Coast on Tuesday, mangling trailers at an RV park, ripping off roofs from buildings and killing at least three people in Louisiana and Mississippi, authorities said.(AP Photo/Max Becherer)
Alvin Guillard, of Laplace, La., cuts a tree that has fallen on his home, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 in LaPlace, La. Tornadoes ripped through the RV park in Louisiana and significantly damaged nearly 100 homes and apartments in Florida as a deadly storm system rolled across the South, and forecasters warned that more twisters were possible Wednesday along the East Coast. (AP photo/Rebecca Santana)
Wreckage of the Sugar Hill RV Park is scattered following a storm in Convent, La., Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. Tornadoes and severe weather ripped through the Gulf Coast on Tuesday, mangling trailers at an RV park, ripping off roofs from buildings in Louisiana and Mississippi, authorities said. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)
Wreckage of the Sugar Hill RV Park is scattered following a storm in Convent, La., Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. Tornadoes and severe weather ripped through the Gulf Coast on Tuesday, mangling trailers at an RV park and ripping off roofs from buildings in Louisiana and Mississippi, authorities said. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)
Wreckage of the Sugar Hill RV Park is scattered in Convent, La., Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. Tornadoes and severe weather ripped through the Gulf Coast on Tuesday, mangling trailers at an RV park, ripping off roofs from buildings in Louisiana and Mississippi, authorities said. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards talks to the media after he inspected the remains of trailers and vehicles after a suspected tornado hit the Sugar Hill RV Park in Convent, La., Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. Edwards described the scene as a "jumbled mess." "We all need to be prayerful and mindful and take those tornado warnings when we see them very seriously," Edwards said. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)
Destroyed trailers and vehicles are all that remain of the Sugar Hill RV Park after a suspected tornado hit in Convent, La., Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. Authorities were still looking for people possibly trapped under the debris, St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin said. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)
Destroyed trailers and vehicles are all that remain of the Sugar Hill RV Park after a suspected tornado hit in Convent, La., Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. Tornadoes and severe weather ripped through southern Louisiana and Mississippi on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)
Destroyed trailers and vehicles are all that remain of the Sugar Hill RV Park after a suspected tornado hit in Convent, La., Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin says authorities are using dogs to search piles of rubble left in the wake of the storm to find anyone else still missing under the debris. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)
First responders search the remains of trailers and vehicles after a suspected tornado hit the Sugar Hill RV Park in Convent, La., Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin says authorities are using dogs to search piles of rubble left in the wake of the storm to find anyone else still missing under the debris. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)
A helicopter and first responders search the remains of trailers and vehicles after a suspected tornado hit the Sugar Hill RV Park in Convent, La., Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin says authorities are using dogs to search piles of rubble left in the wake of the storm to find anyone else still missing under the debris. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)
First responders search the remains of trailers and vehicles after a suspected tornado hit the Sugar Hill RV Park in Convent, La., Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin says authorities are using dogs to search piles of rubble left in the wake of the storm to find anyone else still missing under the debris. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)
Update: Mutual Aid From Surrounding Counties Responding To Pensacola Area After Devastating Tornado Makes Impact. https://t.co/GT4yoaHGAe
@OBWeather @NWSMobile here's a screen grab from that Pensacola tornado video. Looks like the real deal. https://t.co/xYsqYEG8cy
Breaking: First Responders Report "Massive Damage" And Impassable Roads After Tornado Hits Pensacola, Florida. https://t.co/fDCuKz9JWE
Friend's Laplace neighborhood suffered tornado damage! https://t.co/2tMWMzrXfv
Gut-wrenching picture of the leveled mobile home park in Convent after a #tornado via @FOX8NOLA. #LAwx https://t.co/QIuya7kr8C
well dam. https://t.co/MNdRuzevwL
more pictures of damage in Paincourtville, la https://t.co/qM4B7aCvEW
Water tower down in Assumption parish after a reported tornado was on the ground @WAFB @SteveWAFB https://t.co/GBVCqDl1YB
Tornado damage in Laplace's river land heights. Dozens of homes destroyed. Fences tossed into trees @FOX8NOLA https://t.co/69wdrndln9
Convent , La sending prayers from Port Vincent and the Rogers #tornado https://t.co/n73g6GJYA1
This is somethin! Tornado/Waterspout over Lake Pontchartrain https://t.co/WEqcCgS948
Wall cloud and likely tornado SW of poplarville https://t.co/Eupnqoz8Hc
Potential #tornado spotted in Louisiana – see the raw video. #LAwx https://t.co/XBvtM2XMJX
Tornado just as it passed through Livingston, LA. @NWSNewOrleans #tornado #lawx https://t.co/VK48TEAMNy
@SteveWAFB https://t.co/DB7BhoHlZN Video of the tornado passing over i10 Baton Rouge/ Prairieville
#breaking witnesses say they saw a tornado in Ascension parish. This is the new Gold's Gym on Airline Hwy. @WBRZ https://t.co/tjsbSDy0nb
#tornado in Prairieville at Popeye's https://t.co/9CJGjkN7L8
WOW! 3 waterspouts earlier this afternoon off the coast of New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo: WWL-TV. #Tornado #LAwx https://t.co/EdB7YzIwtx
That tornado tore Prairieville up 😭😳 https://t.co/gRq4JdUplZ
#Laplace tornado. Winn Dixie parking lot. #Louisiana https://t.co/3jKOAUuCJP
Photo from 70 & 1: 2 homes destroyed, 2 businesses severely damaged, water tower down #tornado https://t.co/ToJFDnh6qc
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The storm raced east Wednesday night, with a brutal line of weather sweeping through New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

https://twitter.com/stormchaserQ/status/702750664615665664

Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and other parts of New England were in its crosshairs early Thursday. Severe thunderstorm watches and warnings were issued for Boston, Cape Cod, Nantucket and Providence while parts of upstate New York, Vermont and New Hampshire were under flood warnings.

By 4:30 a.m. ET, more than 290 flights had been canceled across the nation, around 90 of them at New York's LaGuardia Airport, according to FlightAware.

https://twitter.com/dubois/status/702753841276657665

At least 100,000 customers were without power after midnight Thursday in the Northeast, 85 percent of them in New York and New Jersey, electric utilities reported.

The storm caused more travel chaos in New York on Wednesday when semi-trailer truck overturned on the George Washington Bridge — delaying traffic for as long as 1½ hours.

The National Weather Service also briefly issued rare tornado watches for eastern parts of Pennsylvania and western parts of New Jersey.

Also on Wednesday, a tree fell onto a Metro-North train in New York's Westchester County, NBC New York reported. Delays of up to 20 minutes were reported on several lines.

Aerial Footage Shows Pensacola, Florida Tornado Damage

Another tree crashed through the ceiling of a day-care center in Vineland, New Jersey, and came to rest in a baby room with four cribs, according to NBC Philadelphia. No children were inside at the time.

In Lancaster County, Philadelphia, police received reports that two 600-foot-long chicken houses had collapsed and some homes and a barn were damaged, the local 911 dispatcher told NBC News early Thursday.

No injuries were reported but some roads had been closed because of flooding in the area.

The storm was set to move out over the Atlantic Ocean later Thursday morning, but gusty winds of up to 50 mph would likely persist in its wake in Boston and other areas, according to Weather Channel Lead Forecaster Michael Palmer.

Louisiana Storm Survivors Describe Rough Weather
  • The storm was the third punch from a single angry weather system that was blamed for killing at least eight people from Louisiana to Virginia. Five of them died Wednesday:
  • Three people, including a 2-year-old boy, were killed when a large funnel cloud hit the town of Waverly, Virginia, 40 miles southeast of Richmond, at about 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, state police said.
  • The body of a man who'd been missing since a funnel cloud destroyed his home was found Wednesday night in Appomattox County, Virginia, authorities said. The funnel cloud cut an 8- to 10-mile path of destruction through the area injuring seven other people, two of them seriously.
  • A tree fell onto a man a death in Darlington County, South Carolina, the county coroner told NBC News. He was identified as Michael James Sr.

Crews in Virginia, meanwhile, continued working early Thursday to rescue several people trapped in storm wreckage in Tappahannock, 40 miles southwest of Richmond, NBC station WWBT reported. State police said more than 20 people were being treated at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital.

Meanwhile, a winter storm had brought more than 10 inches of snow to parts of Illinois and Michigan, and more than half a foot to Arkansas, Missouri and Indiana by Wednesday night.

This weather was set to shift east, dumping up to six inches of snow in parts of the Great Lakes and interior New England through Thursday, according to The Weather Channel.

See photos from the storms in Va.:

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WAVERLY, VA - FEBRUARY 25 The remains of a home lie in the path of destruction from a tornado that barreled through the small community of Waverly,the day before on February 25, 2016 in Waverly, Virginia. Virginia's Governor McAuliffe declared a state of emergency after a storm system spawned tornados that killed four people on February 24, and the Virginia National Guard expects to have more than 50 soldiers on duty to help emergency response. (Photo by Jay Paul/Getty Images)
WAVERLY, VA - FEBRUARY 25: Paul Logan, 21, talks about the tornado that barreled through the small community of Waverly, VA the day before on February 25, 2016 in Waverly, Virginia. Logan said it sounded like a bomb exploded in the front of his home during the storm. Virginia's Governor McAuliffe declared a state of emergency after a storm system spawned tornados that killed four people on February 24, and the Virginia National Guard expects to have more than 50 soldiers on duty to help emergency response. (Photo by Jay Paul/Getty Images)
WAVERLY, VA - FEBRUARY 25 The remains of a home lie in the path of destruction from a tornado that barreled through the small community of Waverly,the day before on February 25, 2016 in Waverly, Virginia. Virginia's Governor McAuliffe declared a state of emergency after a storm system spawned tornados that killed four people on February 24, and the Virginia National Guard expects to have more than 50 soldiers on duty to help emergency response. (Photo by Jay Paul/Getty Images)
WAVERLY, VA - FEBRUARY 25: A tree lays on a house a day after a tornado barreled through the small community of Waverly, on February 25, 2016 in Waverly, Virginia. Virginia's Governor McAuliffe declared a state of emergency after a storm system spawned tornados that killed four people on February 24, and the Virginia National Guard expects to have more than 50 soldiers on duty to help emergency response. (Photo by Jay Paul/Getty Images)
WAVERLY, VA - FEBRUARY 25 Sussex, County deputy, Larry Anthony, right, and Investigator, Eddie Oburn look over the remains of a home where two men and a child were killed when a tornado barreled through the small community of Waverlym the day before on February 25, 2016 in Waverly, Virginia. Virginia's Governor McAuliffe declared a state of emergency after a storm system spawned tornados that killed four people on February 24, and the Virginia National Guard expects to have more than 50 soldiers on duty to help emergency response. (Photo by Jay Paul/Getty Images)
WAVERLY, VA - FEBRUARY 25: Sussex, County deputy, Larry Anthony, (C) and Investigator, Eddie Oburn, (L), look over the remains of a home where two men and a child were killed when a tornado barreled through the small community of Waverly on February 25, 2016 in Waverly, Virginia. Virginia's Governor McAuliffe declared a state of emergency after a storm system spawned tornados that killed four people on February 24, and the Virginia National Guard expects to have more than 50 soldiers on duty to help emergency response. (Photo by Jay Paul/Getty Images)
WAVERLY, VA - FEBRUARY 25: The remains of the house that held 3 victims, two men and a child, when a tornado tore through the structure are seen February 25, 2016 in Waverly, Virginia. Virginia's Governor McAuliffe declared a state of emergency after a storm system spawned tornados that killed four people on February 24, and the Virginia National Guard expects to have more than 50 soldiers on duty to help emergency response. (Photo by Jay Paul/Getty Images)
WAVERLY, VIRGINIA Ã FEBRUARY 25, 2016: Sussex, County deputy, Larry Anthony, left, and Investigator, Eddie Oburn look over the remains of a home where two men and a child were killed when a tornado barreled through the small community of Waverly the day before February 25, 2016 in Waverly, Virginia. Virginia's Governor McAuliffe declared a state of emergency after a storm system spawned tornados that killed four people on February 24, and the Virginia National Guard expects to have more than 50 soldiers on duty to help emergency response. (Photo by Jay Paul/Getty Images)
WAVERLY, VA - FEBRUARY 25: The remains of the house that held 3 victims, two men and a child, when a tornado tore through the structure are seen February 25, 2016 in Waverly, Virginia. Virginia's Governor McAuliffe declared a state of emergency after a storm system spawned tornados that killed four people on February 24, and the Virginia National Guard expects to have more than 50 soldiers on duty to help emergency response. (Photo by Jay Paul/Getty Images)
WAVERLY, VIRGINIA Ã FEBRUARY 25, 2016: Sussex, County Investigator, Eddie Oburn walks past a truck that was crushed by a tree during a storm the day before February 25, 2016 in Waverly, Virginia. Virginia's Governor McAuliffe declared a state of emergency after a storm system spawned tornados that killed four people on February 24, and the Virginia National Guard expects to have more than 50 soldiers on duty to help emergency response. (Photo by Jay Paul/Getty Images)
Timothy Williams looks over a car in front of his destroyed mobile home as he walks through debris left by a deadly storm that swept through Waverly, Va., Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. Williams was in the car that he is standing next to when a storm swept through the area. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Laundromat manager Brad Poindexter, of Danville, Va., jumps over bricks at his damaged business after a deadly storm that swept through Waverly, Va., Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Laundromat manager Brad Poindexter, of Danville, Va., walks over bricks at his damaged business after a deadly storm that swept through Waverly, Va., Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Spectators walk through debris left by a deadly storm that swept through Waverly, Va., Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Spectators look over debris left in the downtown area left by a deadly storm that swept through Waverly, Va., Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Rahim Logan, left, and Antoinette Bendrick clear debris from driveway in front of their damaged home after a deadly storm that swept through Waverly, Va., Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Stairs and a destroyed foundation is all that is left from a mobile home that was carried across a highway by a deadly storm that swept through Waverly, Va., Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
An overturned car rest on a highway next to the foundation of a mobile home that was throw across the highway by a deadly storm that swept through Waverly, Va., Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Timothy Williams talks on a phone in front of his destroyed mobile home as he walks though debris left by a deadly storm that swept through Waverly, Va., Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. Williams said he was in the car that he is standing next to when a storm swept through the area. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Timothy Williams talks on a phone in front of his destroyed mobile home as he walks though debris left by a deadly storm that swept through Waverly, Va., Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. Williams said he was in the car that he is standing next to when a storm swept through the area. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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