2 killed during strong winds in Southern New England

A tree lies atop a house on Malverne Terrace after gusting wind toppled it.
A tree lies atop a house on Malverne Terrace after gusting wind toppled it. –Lane Turner/Globe Staff

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Two people were killed when trees fell on their vehicles as strong winds swept across Southern New England and knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses.

A man was killed in Oxford, Massachusetts, and another person died in Columbia, Connecticut, after trees fell on their vehicles. The victims’ names have not been released. Two other people were hurt when a tree fell on a van on the Wilbur Cross Parkway near the Orange-Derby line in Connecticut.

The National Weather Service says wind gusts of nearly 60 mph hit the region Thursday and there were numerous reports of fallen trees and downed utility wires.

More than 38,000 outages were reported during the day in Massachusetts, more than 11,000 in Connecticut and more than 5,000 in Rhode Island.

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