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Macroburst Accompanied New York City Tornadoes

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Meteorologists say a fierce macroburst with speeds up to 125 miles per hour accompanied the two tornados that ripped through the city on Thursday. The National Weather Service says the storm that toppled trees and peeled away rooftops brought New York City's ninth and tenth tornadoes since 1950.

One twister struck Brooklyn with winds up to 80 mph. The second one hit Queens with 100-mile-per-hour winds, downing power lines and crushing cars, including one in which a woman was killed. Meteorologists say the macroburst, an intense gust of wind that pours down from a storm, was eight miles long and 5 miles wide.

Officials initially reported that it was microburst, but later corrected that, because the gust was more than 2 1/2-miles long. Con Ed expects have all power outages restored by Sunday night. Governor Paterson has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help assess the damage to help determine whether federal disaster funds can be requested.

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Comments [12]

nita

texas does receive help and i dont think that has anything to do with what happen in new york. I wish everyone in new york is good and wish yall the best in a time like this

Sep. 21 2010 06:32 PM
Googler from West Palm Beach, FL from Lake Worth, FL

Hey Lawana, I googled "texas" "tornado" "FEMA" "assistance" and discovered that y'all have been receiving assistance from FEMA for quite some time now!

In fact, here's a headline from 1999: "TEXARAKANA, Texas -- In just one month, state and federal officials have approved more than $1,160,000 in disaster recovery funds to help individuals who have applied for help following the May 4 tornadoes in northeast Texas."

That's more than $1.5 million dollars in today's money.

The info is out there, my friend... you just have to care enough to research it.

Sep. 18 2010 12:16 PM
gpersha from Michigan

The notion that Texas doesn't get help from the Feds after a disaster is wrong. Check out the FEMA site: http://www.fema.gov/news/disaster_totals_annual.fema

It seems Texas leads the nation in declared disasters including those that involve tornadoes. Maybe, Texas justs wants the disaster declared but refuses any money. They have their hands out just like the rest of us.

Sep. 18 2010 12:02 PM
Cant believe Lawanna from Texas

We sure do get fema funds lawanna. dont be ridiculous.

Sep. 18 2010 11:49 AM
Frank from Brooklyn

@Lawana. In the modern era, with all the world's information literally at your fingertip, to write what you did, one has to be willfully ignorant.

Texas received the most weather related disaster aid in 2009.

http://www.fema.gov/news/disasters.fema

Sep. 18 2010 11:49 AM
Frank from Brooklyn

@Lawana. In the modern era, with all the world's information literally at your fingertip, to write what you did, one has to be willfully ignorant.

Texas received the most weather related disaster aid in 2009.

http://www.fema.gov/news/disasters.fema

Sep. 18 2010 11:46 AM
Tsunami from NYC

However, in Texas and Oklahoma, you are used to Tornadoes (I don't think we're in Kansas anymore, Toto!)

The last time NY was the recipient of a tornado was 1950 or so.

Sep. 18 2010 11:46 AM
Frank from Brooklyn

@Lawana. In the modern era, with all the world's information literally at your fingertip, to write what you did, one has to be willfully ignorant.

Texas received the most weather related disaster aid in 2009.

http://www.fema.gov/news/disasters.fema

Sep. 18 2010 11:45 AM
Andrew from New York

FEMA helps out in extreme weather situations-for New York, a tornado is pretty extreme. Its also an urban area where the damage is incredibly high, where in the south west the same can't be said. Not much money needed to replace brush.

Not too many years ago FEMA helped out Washington DC for a snowstorm. Here in northern New York we laughed at them because we get routinely dumped on and don't miss a day of work or school.

It's all relative.

Sep. 18 2010 11:44 AM
Frank from Brooklyn

@Lawana. In the modern era, with alll the world's information literally at your fingertip, to write what you did, you must be willfully ignorant , or from Texas. maybe both?

Texas recieved the most weather realted disater aid in 2009.

http://www.fema.gov/news/disasters.fema

Sep. 18 2010 11:44 AM
Nick from New York

Um, you get federal aid when tornadoes hit cities and towns.

Sep. 18 2010 11:26 AM
Lawana Barrall from Texas

We do not get Federal Aid in Texas or in Oklahoma, when we have Tornadoes here. So, no,no, and hell no.

Sep. 18 2010 11:22 AM

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