Brooklyn Tornado: Photos, Video From NYC, Queens, Staten Island
A fierce wind storm hit the New York area on September 16, 2010. The NYC storm blew through the areas of Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, causing major damages. The NYC tornado was so strong that there were reports of trees being torn from their roots and blown down the street. Some estimates have the Brooklyn tornado generating winds of up to 80 miles per hour.
The NYC tornado appears to have been the cause of one death. A woman in Queen was killed when a tree fell on her car about 6:50 p.m. on the Grand Central Parkway near Jein Queens.
There were reports that Brooklyn tornado caused power outages and small fires.
So what caused the NYC tornado?
The worst of the storm started about 5 p.m., as a warm front from the south approached New York City. A line of thunderstorms moved through, intensifying as they reached the shore, causing winds to rotate within a small area, a characteristic that prompts a tornado warning, according to John Murray, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
The Brooklyn tornado left many locals with frayed nerves.
"I got chased by it," said Caitlin Shann, 31, of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, who ran for cover. "It was an absolute washing machine."
Here are some Brooklyn NY tornado photos as well as some NYC tornado video.