The U.S. National Weather Service estimated its strength there as an EF2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. In a damage assessment tour of Brooklyn, Mayor Michael Bloomberg remarked, “I don’t know that God had rush hour in mind when the storms hit.”, The Metropolitan Transit Authority expects service to return to normal by Thursday. NEW YORK CITY — Just before 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, a storm barreled through New York City, dumping up to 4 inches of rain within two hours amid tornado-force winds. The tornado then headed east and touched down again in Kensington and the Flatbush neighborhood of Prospect Park South at approximately 6:40 am EDT. It was the first tornado to hit New York City since 2003, when a weak tornado touched down in Staten Island, and only the sixth tornado recorded in the city since 1950, Mr. Warner said. July (13) Categories: August F2/EF2 New York Tornado History. A tornado rated as F0 is the least damaging, while an F5 is the most damaging. This page was last edited on 5 August 2020, at 18:05. New York has averaged about nine tornadoes a year since the mid-1990s, when technological improvements and greater public awareness led to better detection of the storms. There the answer seems to be 'yes. Service was delayed or suspended on all 24 New York City Subway services during the morning rush hour, and nine services were still not running by the evening rush. Year. Storm cripples NYC transit system " — MSNBC.com , August 8, 2007 Note that some listed sources or external links may no longer be available online due to age. During heavy rainstorms that flooded rail lines and subways, a tornado touched down in New York City, the National Weather Service reports. According to the National Weather Service, the first tornado first touched down in Staten Island at approximately 6:22 am EDT (1022 UTC) in the vicinity of St. Austins Place in the Livingston - Randall Manor area, before moving east, with additional damage occurring in the Tompkinsvillearea, probably fr… Millions of New Yorkers faced a tornado warning on Sunday, November 15, … Jeffrey M. Warner, a meteorologist at Penn State University, said the tornado today was the first one to hit Brooklyn since at least 1950, when modern record-keeping began, and only the sixth tornado recorded in New York City since 1950. Storm cripples NYC transit system " — MSNBC.com , August 8, 2007 The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF-2 tornado touched. Official statements alluded to this as well. Most intense tornado in NYC Proper. Climate scientist James E. Hansen of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia University in New York City cautioned against linking any single event with global warming, but did say that the probability of severe weather events is related. [3], The storm system produced severe street flooding, and disrupted all modes of transportation throughout the city. Tornadoes in New York in 2007. The tornado was the first in New York City since a tornado that swirled through Staten Island on Oct. 27, 2003. County with most notable tornadoes in NYC-metro area. "You cannot blame a single specific event, such as this week's storm, on climate change. The 2007 Brooklyn tornado was the strongest tornado on record to strike in New York City. From Wikinews, the free news source you can write! – LI Drenched Again – Tornado in City – Subways Swamped. driver dies”. '", he was quoted as saying.[5]. 9 fatalities - November 16 th 1989. The storm continued to move east-northeast into Leif Ericson Park Square, where severe damage to trees occurred, and where winds blew out a 15-foot-tall (4.6 m) stained glass window valued at $300,000 at the nearby Fourth Avenue Presbyterian Church[6] It then crossed the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. [10] The five previous twisters on record are: Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. According to the National Weather Service, the first tornado first touched down in Staten Island at approximately 6:22 am EDT (1022 UTC) in the vicinity of St. Austins Place in the Livingston - Randall Manor area, before moving east, with additional damage occurring in the Tompkinsville area, probably from a subsequent tornado that formed from a new area of circulation just north of the first tornado. Roofs were ripped off of 5 homes, with tree damage indicating strong EF1 damage. 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