2010 Brooklyn/Queens tornadoes

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2010 Brooklyn/Queens tornadoes
EF3 tornado
Damage to a home in Flushing caused by a large fallen tree.
Formed Thursday, September 16, 2010 5:37 p.m. – 5:57 p.m. EDT
Max rating1 EF3 tornado
Damage Unknown
Areas affected Park Slope, Brooklyn; Middle Village/Flushing, Queens in New York City, New York, United States
1Most severe tornado damage; see Enhanced Fujita scale

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.[1] 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.[2] 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. Another man in Flushing was killed by a tree crashing into his home by Kissena Park. 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.[3]

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, dissipating over Little Neck Bay. The twister tore down the 150-year-old steeple of St. George's Church in downtown Flushing.[4] 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.[5] The tornadoes were documented by The New York Times.[6]

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 one person and injured several more.

Confirmed tornadoes[edit]

Confirmed tornadoes by Enhanced Fujita rating
EFU EF0 EF1 EF2 EF3 EF4 EF5 Total
0 2 3 8 1 0 0 14
List of reported tornadoes - Thursday, September 16, 2010
Time (UTC)
Path length
EF0 SW of Galena Delaware 40°11′N 82°53′W / 40.18°N 82.89°W / 40.18; -82.89 (Galena (Sept. 16, EF0)) 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 40°47′N 81°58′W / 40.78°N 81.96°W / 40.78; -81.96 (Wooster (Sept. 16, EF2)) 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 39°49′N 82°18′W / 39.81°N 82.30°W / 39.81; -82.30 (Somerset (Sept. 16, EF2)) 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 39°34′N 82°52′W / 39.57°N 82.86°W / 39.57; -82.86 (Tarlton (Sept. 16, EF1)) 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 40°27′N 81°45′W / 40.45°N 81.75°W / 40.45; -81.75 (Farmerstown (Sept. 16, EF1)) 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 39°32′N 82°40′W / 39.53°N 82.67°W / 39.53; -82.67 (Buena Vista (Sept. 16, EF1)) 2209 1 mile (1.6 km) A pole barn lost its roof and a house sustained minor damage.
EF1 New Philadelphia area Tuscarawas 40°29′N 81°32′W / 40.49°N 81.53°W / 40.49; -81.53 (New Philadelphia (Sept. 16, EF1)) 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 39°46′N 82°05′W / 39.77°N 82.09°W / 39.77; -82.09 (Crooksville (Sept. 16, EF1)) 2221 5 miles (8.0 km) Several houses were damaged and sheds, barns and outbuildings were destroyed.
EF2 S of Nelsonville Athens 39°23′N 82°14′W / 39.39°N 82.23°W / 39.39; -82.23 (Nelsonville (Sept. 16, EF2)) 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) 39°09′N 81°45′W / 39.15°N 81.75°W / 39.15; -81.75 (Reedsville (Sept. 16, EF3)) 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.
New York
EF0 Park Slope Kings 40°40′N 73°59′W / 40.67°N 73.99°W / 40.67; -73.99 (Park Slope (Sept. 16, EF0)) 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 40°44′N 73°50′W / 40.74°N 73.84°W / 40.74; -73.84 (Flushing (Sept. 16, EF1)) 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.
New Jersey
EF1 Woodruff Ocean 40°04′N 74°29′W / 40.06°N 74.49°W / 40.06; -74.49 (Woodruff (Sept. 16, EF1)) 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.
West Virginia
EF1 SE of Palestine Wirt 39°04′N 81°20′W / 39.06°N 81.34°W / 39.06; -81.34 (Palestine (Sept. 16, EF1)) 0025 1 mile (1.6 km) Significant tree damage with some falling on houses and outbuildings.

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