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One Dead After Storm Moves Through New York

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    NEW YORK (AP) - A fast-moving storm packing winds of up to 100
    mph ripped through the city Thursday, knocking down trees and power
    lines, tearing off roofs in one Brooklyn neighborhood and leaving
    one person dead.
       
      The person was killed when a tree fell on a car in Queens, fire
    officials said. Numerous minor injuries were reported elsewhere.


        
     The storm hit just after 5 p.m., when the National Weather
    Service issued a tornado warning for Staten Island. Shortly
    afterward, warnings were issued for Brooklyn and Queens.
        
     "A huge tree limb, like 25 feet long, flew right up the street,
    up the hill and stopped in the middle of the air 50 feet up in this
    intersection and started spinning," said Steve Carlisle, 54. "It
    was like a poltergeist."
       
      "Then all the garbage cans went up in the air and this spinning
    tree hits one of them like it was a bat on a ball. The can was
    launched way, way over there," he said, pointing at a building
    about 120 feet away where a metal garbage can lay flattened.
       
      Townsend Davis, 47, stood outside of his home on Sterling Place
    in Brooklyn. A 40-foot tree that was uprooted from the sidewalk and
    crushed two cars still had a sign in the soil around its roots that
    read "Respect the trees."
       
      "Someone up there wasn't listening," Davis said. "I'm just
    glad it fell that way, as bad as I feel for the owners of that car,
    because if it fell this way, my house wouldn't be here."
        
     Davis' children and wife were in the home when the storm hit.
       
      "All of a sudden, we saw this dark cloud, and it was moving. I
    said `Let's go in!"' said Stephen Wylie, who was working in a
    backyard on Quincy Street, in Brooklyn.
       
      Within seconds, the front door started lashing back and forth.
    Trees branches were falling and trees came flying from other yards,
    Wylie said.
        
     "They smashed the whole backyard, a gazebo there. Then half the
    roof was torn off - eight layers of it" - leaving only a layer of
    wood, he said.
       
      Angela Bartolotta, 25, was in class at Long Island University,
    Brooklyn Campus, when the wind began to howl and the lights
    flickered.
        
     "Then the windows blew in," Bartolotta said. "Everybody got
    down. We thought the tree outside was going to come in."
       
      Brooklyn resident Steven Harris says seven or eight rooftops
    blew off on his street. He says trees fell and knocked down power
    lines.
        
     In the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, witnesses say the
    sky went pitch black at about 5:30 p.m. Trees started waving around
    like blades of grass. Large branches snapped and hit cars, smashing
    windshields.
        
     The Long Island Rail Road said service was temporarily suspended
    between Penn Station and Jamaica because of fallen trees. Amtrak
    and New Jersey Transit were running with delays.
          
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