2010 Brooklyn/Queens tornadoes
|Date||Thursday, September 16, 2010|
|Time||5:37 p.m. – 5:57 p.m. EDT|
|Casualties||2 deaths; 1 non-tornadic fatality, and numerous injuries|
|Areas affected||Park Slope, Brooklyn; Middle Village/Flushing, Queens in New York City, New York, United States|
The 2010 Brooklyn/Queens tornadoes were a severe weather event that occurred in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens in New York City on September 16, 2010. These tornadoes were the second to touch down in New York City that year, the first having occurred in the Bronx on July 25.
The storms struck New York City just as the evening rush hour was beginning. Damaging winds, heavy downpours, and hail up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) wreaked havoc with the evening commute. Hundreds of downed trees led to a temporary suspension of service on the Long Island Rail Road, Amtrak, and several subway services, including the 7, L, and M, leaving tens of thousands of commuters stranded. Passage on local roadways was nearly impossible due to fallen branches and downed power lines. Major highways including the Long Island Expressway and the Grand Central Parkway were at a standstill.
A woman was killed when a tree fell and crushed the vehicle she was driving. Extensive and widespread wind damage led to over 30,000 downed trees, and power lines. Scattered power outages were reported across parts of the city.
Two separate tornadoes were later confirmed in Park Slope and Flushing, two areas that suffered the worst damage from the storms. The stronger of the two tornadoes touched down over Flushing and was rated an EF1 with maximum winds of 100 mph. The tornado touched down in Flushing Meadows Corona Park and headed through Northeast Queens. The twister tore down the 150-year-old steeple of St. George's Church in downtown Flushing. In addition to the tornadoes, the National Weather Service confirmed the occurrence of a macroburst bringing winds up to 125 mph to a wide swath of Middle Village and Forest Hills. The tornadoes were documented by The New York Times.
These tornadoes were part of a small outbreak that produced several damaging tornadoes across the Midwest, especially in Ohio. An EF2 tornado caused severe damage near Wooster. Another strong EF3 tornado that destroyed numerous homes near Reedsville and Belleville killed 1 person and injured several more.
|List of reported tornadoes - Thursday, September 16, 2010|
|EF0||SW of Galena||Delaware||2038||0.25 miles (400 m)||Minor tree damage and a few shingles were removed from a house as a result of this brief tornado.|
|EF2||S of Wooster||Wayne||2126||11 miles (18 km)||Severe damage at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center where greenhouses and a large brick laboratory building were destroyed and other buildings were heavily damaged. Over 150 houses and barns were also damaged, some significantly with a few destroyed. Numerous trees were snapped and uprooted and vehicles were flipped and tossed. One person was injured.|
|EF2||S of Somerset||Fairfield, Perry||2152||11 miles (18 km)||Two houses were destroyed and many others were damaged, some heavily. Major damage to hundreds of trees and to power lines and poles. One person was injured. Damage also occurred in West Rushville.|
|EF1||Tarlton||Fairfield, Pickaway||2156||2.85 miles (4.59 km)||Two grain silos were thrown and several houses were damaged. Extensive tree damage occurred along the path and a semi-trailer was pushed over.|
|EF1||SW of Farmerstown||Holmes||2200||3 miles (4.8 km)||A few houses were damaged and barns and outbuildings were destroyed along the path.|
|EF1||SW of Buena Vista||Hocking||2209||1 mile (1.6 km)||A pole barn lost its roof and a house sustained minor damage.|
|EF1||New Philadelphia area||Tuscarawas||2220||5 miles (8.0 km)||Several houses sustained minor damage and outbuildings were destroyed. Many trees were also uprooted.|
|EF1||Crooksville area||Perry, Morgan||2221||5 miles (8.0 km)||Several houses were damaged and sheds, barns and outbuildings were destroyed.|
|EF2||S of Nelsonville||Athens||2254||3 miles (4.8 km)||Severe damage in the area, with 13 houses and many mobile homes destroyed and dozens of other houses damaged, some heavily. Many trees were uprooted or snapped. 7 people were injured.|
|EF3||Reedsville area||Meigs, Wood (WV)||0000||9 miles (14 km)||1 death - Severe damage on both sides of the Ohio River. Over 50 houses were damaged or destroyed with at least 2 that were completely leveled. Numerous mobile homes and farm buildings were damaged or destroyed. Mobile home frames were found wrapped around tree stumps. Extensive tree damage occurred and vehicles were tossed and destroyed. 16 others were injured, some seriously.|
|EF0||Park Slope||Kings||2133||2 miles (3.2 km)||Weak tornado touchdown embedded in a larger macroburst. Direct tornado damage limited to trees, some which landed on and destroyed vehicles.|
|EF1||Flushing||Queens||2142||4 miles (6.4 km)||1 death - Many trees were knocked down including one falling onto a car killing one person driving along Grand Central Parkway. Several houses and businesses were also damaged, and many windows were blown out. One other person was injured and one indirect death was also reported.|
|EF1||Woodruff||Ocean||2205||2.2 miles (3.5 km)||Two houses sustained major roof damage. A small barn was also destroyed and over 300 trees were blown down.|
|EF1||SE of Palestine||Wirt||0025||1 mile (1.6 km)||Significant tree damage with some falling on houses and outbuildings.|
- National Weather Service Storm Report National Weather Service, September 16, 2010. Accessed September, 18, 2010.
- Severe storm sweeps through city, 1 dead, transit disrupted, New York Post, September 17, 2010. Accessed September, 18, 2010.
- New York battered by twin tornadoes BBC News, September 17, 2010. Accessed September, 18, 2010.
- "Tornado fells bell tower spire at St. George's, Flushing,". Episcopal Diocese of Long Island website.
- National Weather Service Public Information Statement National Weather Service September 17, 2010. Accessed September, 18, 2010.
- New Yorkers Document the Storm, New York Times
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