North Brooklyn lucked out yesterday. The massive storm that walloped other parts of the borough, Staten Island, and Queens spared our fair neck of the woods, but still hit pretty close to home. With power outages, fallen trees, hail, debris, road closings and train delays, everybody felt the effects. Parts of Brooklyn looked like scenes from some post-apocalyptic war movie, like back when they were filming I Am Legend on the Brooklyn Bridge. The rain and squall hit Park Slope and Bedford-Stuyvesant hard, before moving into Queens where a woman actually died for chrissakes. After all this chaos and trouble, the National Weather Service still had not declared the storm an official tornado as of this morning. Awaiting an NFL style review of the tape, officials are still trying to determine whether we saw a tornado, or just a really, really, really windy thunderstorm. From Bloomberg:
“No confirmation has been made yet,” said John Murray, a weather service meteorologist in Upton, New York. “Once they go out there they will take note of the damage and come back later today and write up a summary. It will probably be early evening before a determination is made.”
Weather service radar picked up rotation among the clouds late yesterday afternoon and a trained spotter saw a funnel cloud on Staten Island at 5:33 p.m. as a system moved through the area, according to weather service records. While all of these things are indications of severe weather, there must be evidence the storm actually touched the ground for it to be declared a tornado, Murray said.
If this ever gets cleared up, we’ll let you know. The last twister scare in Brooklyn was in 2007.
In case you haven’t seen it, The New York Times has a pretty impressive collection of photos chronicling the storm and its destruction.
– Chris Boyette