Tornado hits Cape Cod as thunderstorms break the heat

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A tornado tore across Cape Cod, putting an exclamation mark on a wave of storms that broke the heat in the Northeast and Midwest.

The National Weather Service says the tornado struck just after noon Tuesday, ripping off a hotel roof, downing trees, and knocking out power to thousands during the peak of tourist season.

There were no reports of injuries.

Utilities in New Jersey say around 212,000 homes and businesses didn’t have electricity Tuesday morning. Crews in Michigan were working to reconnect about 100,000 customers who still didn’t have power.

Videos posted on social media Monday night showed flooding deep enough to float cars in parts of New York City.

Major flooding canceled flights through Tuesday afternoon at the Tweed-New Haven Airport, and a lightning strike set a dorm at private school Choate Rosemary Hall on fire.

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