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New York City Storm Produced Two Tornadoes, Microburst; Hurricane Igor Barrels Toward Bermuda

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    The National Weather Service has determined two tornadoes touched down in New York - one in Queens, another in Brooklyn. There may have been two tornadoes, but by far the worst damage was done in Middle Village and Forest Hills with straight-line, microburst winds. The complete National Weather Service statement on the storms is pasted below the tropical update, but consider these facts, and remember that meteorologists often say straight-line thunderstorm wind can be just as damaging or worse than tornadoes.

    Tornado 1, Brooklyn: 80 mph, 75 yards wide, 2 miles long

    Tornado 2, Queens: 100mph, 100 yards wide, 4 miles long

    Straight-line Microburst Wind: 125 mph, 5 MILES wide, 8 miles long!

    In Tracking the Tropics, Meteorologist Matt Noyes says Tropical Storm Karl is barely alive, Hurricane Igor will nearly pass over Bermuda, and Hurricane Julia is now very poorly organized.

    PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
    941 PM EDT FRI SEP 17 2010

    ...TWO TORNADOES AND A MICROBURST CONFIRMED ON SEPTEMBER 16 2010...

    ...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR PARK SLOPE IN KINGS COUNTY (BROOKLYN) NY...

    LOCATION...PARK SLOPE IN KINGS COUNTY (BROOKLYN) NY
    DATE...SEPTEMBER 16 2010
    ESTIMATED TIME...5:33 PM EDT
    MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF0
    ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...80 MPH
    MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...75 YARDS
    YARDS PATH LENGTH...2 MILES
    BEGINNING LAT/LON...40.67 N / 73.99 W
    ENDING LAT/LON...40.69 N /73.96 W
    * FATALITIES...0
    * INJURIES...0

    * THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
    CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT(S) AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
    STORM DATA.

    ...SUMMARY...
    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NEW YORK NY HAS CONFIRMED A TORNADO
    NEAR PARK SLOPE (BROOKLYN) IN KINGS COUNTY NY ON SEPTEMBER 16 2010.

    THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN PARK SLOPE AND LIFTED 2 MILES NE OF
    PARK SLOPE.

    THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT
    WEATHER.GOV/NYC.

    FOR REFERENCE...THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO
    THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

    EF0...WIND SPEEDS 65 TO 85 MPH.
    EF1...WIND SPEEDS 86 TO 110 MPH.
    EF2...WIND SPEEDS 111 TO 135 MPH.
    EF3...WIND SPEEDS 136 TO 165 MPH.
    EF4...WIND SPEEDS 166 TO 200 MPH.
    EF5...WIND SPEEDS GREATER THAN 200 MPH.

    ...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR FLUSHING AND BAYSIDE IN QUEENS COUNTY NY...

    LOCATION...FLUSHING/BAYSIDE IN QUEENS COUNTY NY
    DATE...SEPTEMBER 16 2010
    ESTIMATED TIME...5:42 PM EDT
    MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF1
    ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...100 MPH
    MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...100 YARDS
    PATH LENGTH...4 MILES
    BEGINNING LAT/LON...40.74 N / 73.84 W
    ENDING LAT/LON...40.80 N / 73.76 W
    * FATALITIES...1
    * INJURIES...0

    * THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
    CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT(S) AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
    STORM DATA.

    ...SUMMARY...
    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NEW YORK NY HAS CONFIRMED A TORNADO
    NEAR FLUSHING/BAYSIDE IN QUEENS COUNTY NY ON SEPTEMBER 16 2010.

    THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN 2 1/2 MILES SOUTH OF FLUSHING AND LIFTED
    1 MILE NE OF BAYSIDE.

    THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT
    WEATHER.GOV/NYC.

    FOR REFERENCE...THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO
    THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

    EF0...WIND SPEEDS 65 TO 85 MPH.
    EF1...WIND SPEEDS 86 TO 110 MPH.
    EF2...WIND SPEEDS 111 TO 135 MPH.
    EF3...WIND SPEEDS 136 TO 165 MPH.
    EF4...WIND SPEEDS 166 TO 200 MPH.
    EF5...WIND SPEEDS GREATER THAN 200 MPH.

    ...MICROBURST /STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE/ CONFIRMED NEAR
    MIDDLE VILLAGE AND FOREST HILLS IN QUEENS COUNTY NY...

    LOCATION...MIDDLE VILLAGE/FOREST HILLS IN QUEENS COUNTY NY
    DATE...SEPTEMBER 16 2010
    ESTIMATED TIME...5:40 PM EDT
    ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...125 MPH
    MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...5 MILES
    PATH LENGTH...8 MILES
    * FATALITIES...0
    * INJURIES...0

    * THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
    CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT(S) AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
    STORM DATA.

    ...SUMMARY...
    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NEW YORK NY HAS CONFIRMED A
    MICROBURST /STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE/ NEAR MIDDLE VILLAGE IN QUEENS
    COUNTY NY ON SEPTEMBER 16 2010.

    THE PATH OF THE MICROBURST WAS FROM MIDDLE VILLAGE TO FOREST HILLS.

    THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT
    WEATHER.GOV/NYC.

    FOR REFERENCE...
    A MICROBURST IS A CONVECTIVE DOWNDRAFT WITH AN AFFECTED OUTFLOW AREA
    OF LESS THAN 2 1/2 MILES WIDE AND PEAK WINDS LASTING LESS THAN
    5 MINUTES. MICROBURSTS MAY INDUCE DANGEROUS HORIZONTAL/VERTICAL
    WIND SHEARS...WHICH CAN ADVERSELY AFFECT AIRCRAFT PERFORMANCE AND
    CAUSE PROPERTY DAMAGE. STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS ARE GENERALLY ANY WIND
    THAT IS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH ROTATION...USED MAINLY TO DIFFERENTIATE
    THEM FROM TORNADIC WINDS.