Tornado Hits Cape Cod as Thunderstorms Break the Heat in Northeast and Midwest

YARMOUTH, Mass. (AP) -
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Yarmouth Fire crews look through the parts of the roof that blew off the Cape Sands Inn during a tornado Tuesday morning in West Yarmouth, Mass. (Steve Heaslip/The Cape Cod Times via AP)

A tornado that tore across Cape Cod has put 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 the Massachusetts resort area just after noon Tuesday. It ripped off a hotel roof, toppled trees and knocked 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, including thousands in Lakewood. 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.

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

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The Cape Sands Inn in West Yarmouth, Mass. (Steve Heaslip/The Cape Cod Times via AP)
A storm caused significant damage to a Jenison, Mich., neighborhood on Saturday, tearing the roof and some walls off one home. (John Tunison/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)
A tree crashed through a home during a severe storm in Neptune Township, N.J., Monday. (Donald Colarruso/Neptune Township OEM and Special Operations via AP)
A car is crushed under a large tree in Neptune City, N.J., Tuesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)