One person killed as tornado-like storm, with 100-mph winds, sweeps through New York City

Vince Coglianese | Contributor

A monster storm ripped through the city Thursday evening, killing one person, snapping mighty trees, and flipping tractor-trailers like toys.

New Yorkers scrambled for cover from torrential rain, hail the size of nickels, and 100 mph winds when the storm hit at 5:20 p.m. on the heels of tornado warnings.

Weather officials could not confirm a twister touched down, but witnesses reported funnel clouds in Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens.

The sky turned a sickening shade of green as the destructive winds blew in, toppling a church steeple, blowing out windows and mowing down a forest’s worth of trees.

“It’s like a war zone out here,” said Jeanne King, surveying her Forest Hills, Queens, neighborhood. “Trees are down. Some houses have come apart.”

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