09 july 2014
Five people were killed Tuesday evening as violent storms swept across the eastern states.
Four people died in upstate New York when high winds destroyed four homes.
The Syracuse Post-Standard reported that the homes were destroyed shortly after 7 p.m. local time in rural Madison County, N.Y. approximately 30 miles southeast of Syracuse.
“A storm came through here and ripped a couple houses totally apart,” Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley told the paper.
The Post-Standard reported that three other homes were damaged in the storm. The four destroyed homes included a two-story house, as well as mobile and modular homes.
The names of the victims were withheld pending notification of next of kin. It was not immediately clear if a tornado had touched down in the area. Investigators are expected to survey the damage Wednesday.
At approximately the same time, one child was killed and six others were injured when a tree fell at a Maryland summer camp during a strong thunderstorm.
Carroll County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Cpl. Jon Light told The Associated Press that about 114 children ages 7 to 12 were attending an event at a hillside pavilion in the River Valley Ranch camp in Manchester. When the storm approached, the children were brought to a nearby shelter on the hill. He said the tree fell on them when they were en route.