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Tornado In Queens

September 17, 2010 by staff 

Tornado In Queens, Flash storm, tornado warnings to be fed through New York last week Gorod, with winds up to 70 mph downing trees, damaging buildings and destroying vehicles and killing at least one person.

Severe weather wreaked havoc on the transportation system of the city in the middle of the night journey. All services Long Island Rail Road was suspended from Manhattan, in conjunction with the downed trees on tracks near Sunnyside, Queens. LIRR service was also interrupted between Brooklyn and Queens, and only 7 subway line has been out for several hours.

Some roads were closed to traffic due to debris. A woman died when a tree fell on his car in the Grand Central Parkway near Jewel Avenue, authorities said.
The storm knocked out power to more than 24,000 customers in Queens and 4800 households in Staten Island, according to Con Edison. More than 570 customers were without power in Brooklyn. New Jersey, government officials say about 40,000 homes were without electricity following the storm.

Almost an hour after the storm passed, 911 plates were flooded with calls from an injury, but it was unclear how many were considered serious, the representative of the Fire Department said. The spokesman said several firefighters responded to the scene in Queens and Brooklyn, where motorists were trapped in the car after tree falls on them.

Aaron Donovan, spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority LIRR urged passengers to “remain calm at this time” instead of heading to Penn Station or Jamaica. New passengers were turned away from Penn Station, “he said.

MTA was the mobilization of buses to take passengers to the LIRR station in Jamaica, Queens, to the point of this, but Donovan urged passengers not to travel to Jamaica due to the limited capacity of the bus.

Although tornadoes have never been officially announced, assistant training time reported seeing a funnel cloud about two miles north-northeast of the area of the Huguenots of Staten Island, according to the National Weather Service, Sean Potter. Wind speeds of 70 miles per hour were evaluated in Staten Island, while parts of Brooklyn, saw sustained winds of 60 miles per hour, said Potter.

Brandon Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Upland, New York, said the agency had received “numerous reports of damage in Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens, as a result of the storm.” First of all damage to trees, large branches all over the place, “he said.

Smith said officials from the National Weather Service must wait for daylight to return before they could see the storm damage, to determine, in fact, a tornado struck the city. “The way the damage is in the earth can give many clues,” he said. “In the Tornado, you can see signs of rotation in the trash.”

But city residents are not waiting for the official definition. “A very strong wind,” said a fruit vendor Abul Kashem, 35, who lost about $ 800 and fruit in the storm, when his car near Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn was overturned. He insisted that the winds of a tornado, a tornado. ”

“I have the luck that I’m safe,” said Kashem, who took refuge under the scaffold, which eventually collapsed, forcing him to hide in the lobby of a brown building. “My basket of fruit is gone.”

Carolyn Davis returned to his home in Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn to find a great loss. “The ceiling in the back of what I see, has been completely cut off. Lantern in Busted” he said.

The proof of the damage caused by possible tornadoes can be found on the Internet minutes after the tornado warning expired at 6:00 pm Photos are available in the service of images to share Twitter have shown, which suffered structural damage to the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn. Flickr Photos published in SUV was crushed by a fallen tree in Brooklyn, as well as significant damage to the pavement.

The last tornado to strike the city was this summer, according to the National Weather Service, when weak twister touched down in the Bronx.

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