Hundreds of flights canceled in Eastern US due to severe storms

+Bloomberg News reports that hundreds of flights were canceled and almost 300,000 customers lost power as severe thunderstorms accompanied by rain, hail and possibly derecho winds swept into the northeast USA.

A tornado reported in Elmira, New York, tore down trees, ripped roofs from buildings and trapped people in vehicles, according to the U.S. Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma. A tornado watch was issued for parts of New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

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Photo: A severe storm rolls in over Peck Farm in Geneva, Ill. on July 24, 2012. (Jeff Knox / +Daily Herald / +The Associated Press)
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