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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

National Weather Service: Tornado Hit the Bronx

For the first time in more than 30 years, a tornado hit the Bronx on Sunday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. The Riverdale Press reports that the eye of the storm centered around north Riverdale, but effects were felt throughout the north Bronx, including Williamsbridge Oval Park (pictured above) and Mosholu Parkway (pictured below), where police used a truck to push a tree off the road. If you know of any other downed trees causing problems in your neighborhood, send in photos and we'll follow up with city agencies.

1 comment:

  1. This was quite a storm. I was home in the Bronx working on my computer when I looked up, confused. It was dark as night at 2:30 PM. Soon afterward, the curtain over my open screened window started blowing horizontally and it sounded like a roar. Through my other window, all I could see was a white wall of water as if a firehose the size of the borough was pointing directly at it, and I could not see out, as if it was a ship’s porthole below water level. The wind was so strong that I could not even walk toward my open window to close it to stop the water shooting in. I am not prone to exaggeration, but I estimated the winds to be 100 miles per hour. Then I heard a crack and a crash, and I rightly guessed a tree had fallen. The wind was still rushing, and for a few moments I was unable to open my bedroom door to check on my roommate’s cat. Oddly I was not frightened because it was just so exciting.

    The storm blew over very quickly and in a manner of minutes I was outside talking to my neighbors and assessing the damage. Our building seemed intact but some of the window screens were battered and bent. Unfortunately, several parked cars were totally destroyed by the falling trees and the road was blocked. The firefighters were there in a short time and quickly cleared the roadway with chainsaws and axes and muscle power. It seemed nobody was seriously injured, thankfully. We did lose a lot of trees that day.


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