6:35PM EST: As YWN had posted earlier, a massive storm ripped through NYC at approximately 6:00PM. Although it has not been confirmed, the damage can only be described as a tornado, or something very close to it.
In Brooklyn on the Gowanus Expressway, Hatzolah was operating at the scene of three overturned tractor trailers. Eye witnesses report seeing massive roof damage at the Lowes store. Readers were sending YWN photos from all over Brooklyn of trees snapped in half.
Meanwhile, the storm continued into Queens, and three tractor trailers were reportedly overturned on the Van Wyck Expressway just past the LIE. There was at least one person heavily entrapped in the wreckage.
At other locations in Queens there were multiple trees reportedly on top of vehicles – some with people inside of them.
YWN was receiving reports that there was one person found killed from flying debris in Queens, but that has yet to be confirmed.
UPDATE 6:42PM EST: (NY Daily News) A fast-moving storm packing 100 mph winds, hail and heavy rain Thursday triggered a series of tornado warnings Thursday afternoon in Brooklyn, Staten Island and Queens.
The storm slammed the city about about 5:20 p.m. prompting the National Weather Service to issue its first tornado warning for Staten Island.
Further details and updates will be posted as they become available to us.
UPDATE 7:33PM EST: Con Edison said electrical wires were down across the city and there were hundreds of power failures.
Hundreds of trees were toppled in Brooklyn and Queens, trapping at least two people inside crushed cars. Officials confirm that one person was killed in Queens.
UPDATE 11:33PM EST: The National Weather Service is checking to see if a tornado did in fact touch down in Brooklyn.
The storm struck the borough around 5:30 p.m. The sky turned black as night while hail, and rain came pounding down. Strong winds blew through neighborhood streets of Park Slope snapping trees and damaging cars.
UPDATE 11:48PM EST: •Con Edison is reporting 30,000 households without power in the five boroughs including 25,000 in Queens and 6,000 in Staten Island.
•6,000 New Jersey households were without power.
•One person is reported dead after a tree fell down and crushed a parked car on the Grand Central Parkway near Jewel Avenue. The driver, an unidentified woman, pulled over on the side of the road to escape the rain. A tractor trailer overturned on the Gowanus Expressway, according to eyewitness accounts.
•Authorities confirm 6 people including 4 police officers suffered minor injuries in a car accident at W. 207 St and 9th Ave. The accident happened around 9:02pm. Four of the six people injured were taken and treated at nearby hospitals.
•Service for departures and arrivals at LaGuardia, Newark and JFK airports was delayed two to three hours.
•The National Weather Service has not yet confirmed the massive storm as a tornado yet although many witnesses have reported spotting funnel clouds. And winds of up to 80 miles-per-hour were reported.
UPDATE 12:18AM EST: The Kew Gardens Hills Eiruv and Hospital Eiruv will be down for Shabbos/Yom Kippur. There will be an update regarding the Eiruv for next Shabbos.
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(Yehuda Drudgestein – YWN / Sources: WPIX / NBC New York)