Clear-up Begins in New York After Tornadoes

As National Weather Service officials declared Friday that two tornadoes had indeed swept into New York City on Thursday, some tree-lined streets in Brooklyn and Queens looked – at least from the air – like Lego masterpieces that angry children had done their best to sweep aside.

  • Francisco Enriquez helps a neighbor clear trees felled by Thursday’s storm in the Corona section of Queens. Photo: FlickrFrancisco Enriquez helps a neighbor clear trees felled by Thursday’s storm in the Corona section of Queens. Photo: Flickr
  • A branch is seen stuck in a power line following a storm in Queensboro Hill, NY. Photo: FlickrA branch is seen stuck in a power line following a storm in Queensboro Hill, NY. Photo: Flickr
  • A man looks at a tree that fell on a car following a storm in Queensboro Hill. Photo: FlickrA man looks at a tree that fell on a car following a storm in Queensboro Hill. Photo: Flickr
  • The tragedy of the storm, which meteorologists said Friday included two tornadoes, was Aline Levakis, 30, from Mechanicsburg, Pa., the sole person to die, when a tree, as it happened, hit her car on the Grand Central Parkway in Queens. Photo: FlickrThe tragedy of the storm, which meteorologists said Friday included two tornadoes, was Aline Levakis, 30, from Mechanicsburg, Pa., the sole person to die, when a tree, as it happened, hit her car on the Grand Central Parkway in Queens. Photo: Flickr
  • Residents, utility crews and railroad workers have begun clearing up debris after a brief but fierce storm hit New York City, tearing up trees, stripping roofs from homes, disrupting train service and killing at least one person. The US National Weather Service is investigating whether a tornado touched down during the storm. Tornado warnings had been issued for Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens. On this photo, residents in the Park Slope neighbourhood of Brooklyn look at a car crushed by a fallen tree. Photo: FlickrResidents, utility crews and railroad workers have begun clearing up debris after a brief but fierce storm hit New York City, tearing up trees, stripping roofs from homes, disrupting train service and killing at least one person. The US National Weather Service is investigating whether a tornado touched down during the storm. Tornado warnings had been issued for Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens. On this photo, residents in the Park Slope neighbourhood of Brooklyn look at a car crushed by a fallen tree. Photo: Flickr
  • A tree lies fallen on an Toyota SUV on 11th Street between 5th and 4th Avenues in Brooklyn, NY. Photo: FlickrA tree lies fallen on an Toyota SUV on 11th Street between 5th and 4th Avenues in Brooklyn, NY. Photo: Flickr
  • A Shell's sign leans against the side of a petrol station after it was knocked down due to a severe storm in Brooklyn, NY. The storm on Thursday left Manhattan and the Bronx virtually unscathed but was merciless in the other boroughs. “It’s hard to compare to previous storms,” Adrian Benepe, the city’s parks commissioner, said, “but given the brevity of the storm, the extent of the damage seems unparalleled.” Photo: FlickrA Shell's sign leans against the side of a petrol station after it was knocked down due to a severe storm in Brooklyn, NY. The storm on Thursday left Manhattan and the Bronx virtually unscathed but was merciless in the other boroughs. “It’s hard to compare to previous storms,” Adrian Benepe, the city’s parks commissioner, said, “but given the brevity of the storm, the extent of the damage seems unparalleled.” Photo: Flickr
  • People walk down a street strewn with fallen trees and power lines in the Bayside section of Queens. On Friday, as the city plowed ahead in the painstaking process of cleaning up the wreckage and repairing damage, it was still too early to tabulate a reliable tree death count. The city has over 100 species and more than five million trees, some as old as 250. Clearly the loss was great. Photo: FlickrPeople walk down a street strewn with fallen trees and power lines in the Bayside section of Queens. On Friday, as the city plowed ahead in the painstaking process of cleaning up the wreckage and repairing damage, it was still too early to tabulate a reliable tree death count. The city has over 100 species and more than five million trees, some as old as 250. Clearly the loss was great. Photo: Flickr
  • A young woman walks past an uprooted tree outside a McDonald's outlet in the Bayside section of Queens, NY. Photo: FlickrA young woman walks past an uprooted tree outside a McDonald's outlet in the Bayside section of Queens, NY. Photo: Flickr
  • In Middle Village, Queens, residents removing debris. There was substantial damage to trees in Juniper Valley Park there. Photo: Flickr In Middle Village, Queens, residents removing debris. There was substantial damage to trees in Juniper Valley Park there. Photo: Flickr

As National Weather Service officials declared Friday that two tornadoes had indeed swept into New York City on Thursday, some tree-lined streets in Brooklyn and Queens looked – at least from the air – like Lego masterpieces that angry children had done their best to sweep aside.

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