Did a tornado hit NYC? That is the question in peoples mind this morning. On Thursday September 16, 2010, a storm hit New York City that leaves many wondering if a tornado has struck their city. The brief storm that hit NYC stripped roofs from homes and tore up trees. The storm disrupted train service and may be to blame for one death.
Tornado warnings were issued for Staten Island, Queens and Brooklyn New York. Soon after is when the storm hit and left what looks to have been a tornado. Over 26,000 customers were without power due to the fierce storm that hit NYC. Winds exceeded over 100 miles per hour during the storm. Elizabeth Clark, a consolidated Edison spokesperson said. “Hardest hit was Queens with 24,700 outages and at the height of the storm, a total of 37,000 customers were without power.” Elizabeth also stated, “Crews would be working to restore power throughout the day.”
Very rarely does New York City ever get a tornado. Yet, here is what people believe was a tornado touching down in NYC. Only eight tornado’s have hit New York City since 1950. During 2007, a tornado hit New York City with wind speeds of 135 miles per hour while touching down in Staten Island and Brooklyn. The last tornado to hit New York City was in July, when a tornado touched down in the Bronx that left thousands of homes without power.
The national weather service is expected to spend the day checking things out to determine if a tornado hit New York City. With the amount of debris flying through the air in New York City during the brief storm, many feel a tornado struck their city. Residents will be spending the biggest part of the day cleaning up after yesterday’s storm.