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.”
TORNADO IN BROOKLYN 9.16.2010