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A Chemung County Sheriff rushes past a felled tree after a possible tornado struck the area, Thursday, July 26, 2012, in Elmira N.Y. A Chemung County Sheriff rushes past a felled tree after a possible tornado struck the area, Thursday, July 26, 2012, in Elmira N.Y.
A pedestrian rushes through a torrential downpour in Times Square, Thursday, July 26, 2012, in New York. A pedestrian rushes through a torrential downpour in Times Square, Thursday, July 26, 2012, in New York.
Elmira N.Y., firefighters watch an electric wire fire closely after a possible tornado struck the area, Thursday, July 26, 2012, in Elmira N.Y. Elmira N.Y., firefighters watch an electric wire fire closely after a possible tornado struck the area, Thursday, July 26, 2012, in Elmira N.Y.
A row of broken power lines reveal the path that a tornado took after it struck Elmira N.Y., Thursday, July 26, 2012. A row of broken power lines reveal the path that a tornado took after it struck Elmira N.Y., Thursday, July 26, 2012.
A thunderstorm rolls into the Greater Hazleton, Pa. area on Thursday, July 26, 2012. A thunderstorm rolls into the Greater Hazleton, Pa. area on Thursday, July 26, 2012.

ELMIRA, N.Y. (AP) — Communities around the Northeast are cleaning up after strong thunderstorms swept from Ohio into upstate New York, knocking out power to tens of thousands and leaving at least two people dead.

In New York City, the storm is blamed for killing a 61-year-old man who was struck by collapsing scaffolding outside a Brooklyn church. Police say lighting brought bricks down onto the scaffolding. A woman in Pennsylvania was killed by a tree felled by Thursday's powerful storms.

A state of emergency and curfew remains in effect in Elmira, N.Y., as crews continue clearing trees and repairing power lines that were brought down by a possible tornado.

The storms temporarily shut down operations at the annual Ohio State Fair in Columbus.

There's a chance of more storms around the region on Friday.

 

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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