Killer NYC Storm May Have Been Tornado

One killed as brief but violent storm rips through city
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2010 7:43 AM CDT

At least one person was killed when a fierce storm ripped through New York City last night, tearing off roofs and knocking down trees. The storm, which packed winds of up to 100 miles an hour, strongly resembled a tornado, and National Weather Service experts are analyzing data to see if it should be classified as one, AP reports. The lone casualty was a 30-year-old woman sitting in the driver's seat of her parked car, who was killed when a tree fell on top of it.

Numerous other injuries were reported, traffic came to a standstill in much of the city, and tens of thousands of people were left without power. “It almost brought me to tears,” the chief of a community group in Queens told the New York Times. “Every block, two, three trees are down into houses, smashed into cars. There’s gridlock. There’s debris everywhere.” (More New York City stories.)

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