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.