The central New York town of Smithfield was shrouded in sorrow Wednesday as residents picked through the rubble of Tuesday's tornado that left four people dead.
A series of devastating storms roared across much of the Northeast late Tuesday, also killing a child in Maryland, damaging homes and businesses across the region, toppling trees and power lines and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands.
National Weather Service meteorologist Barbara Watson confirmed that a tornado with winds in excess of 100 mph blasted through rural Smithfield. Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley identified the victims as a 35-year-old woman and her 4-month-old daughter, a 70-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited the area Wednesday, offering aid and prayers.
"Houses you can replace, buildings you can replace, but when you lose a 4-month old baby, there is no damage like that," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "The family of New York stands with Madison County."
More than 70,000 people remained without power in the state early Wednesday.
Tornadoes were also reported in Ohio and Pennsylvania. In Maryland, a tree fell at a summer camp during a violent storm, killing one child and injuring six others. More than 100 children at the River Valley Ranch camp in Manchester were headed to a shelter when a tree fell on them, authorities said.
"This is something that has never happened in our history," said camp director Jon Bissett. "A freak storm came up. Obviously it was pretty traumatic for the campers. A lot of them were there when it happened."
In Pennsylvania, severe thunderstorms spawned at least one tornado in Mercer county in the northwestern part of the state. More than 300,000 people lost power at the height of the storms. More than 135,000 homes and businesses remained without power Wednesday morning, including more than 74,000 in the five-county Philadelphia area.
In Vermont, Green Mountain Power reported more that 13,000 power customers lost power, though most power had been restored Wednesday morning.
Another round of showers and thunderstorms are forecast in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic on Wednesday evening, but they should be much less intense when compared to the storms from Tuesday, reports AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
Heavy rain will also lash the South on Wednesday: "The storms in the South will bring an elevated risk of flash flooding as some areas will be hit by multiple slow-moving downpours," according to AccuWeather meteorologist Mark Mancuso.
The one area where storms could reach severe levels is the central Plains, the Storm Prediction Center forecasts. Eastern Colorado, western Kansas and southwest Nebraska could see damaging winds and hail.
Contributing: Melanie Eversley; Associated Press