Twin tornadoes part of New York storm, 1 killed

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New York, Sep 18: US weather authorities said on Friday, Sep 17 that two tornadoes were part of the storm that left a trail of destruction in New York.

The storm struck New York on Thursday, Sep 16 uprooting over 1,000 trees, destroying power lines and peeling off roofs of scores of houses besides claiming one life.

National Weather Service said on Friday, Sep 17 night, that two tornadoes and a fierce macroburst with wind speeds up to 125 mph hit New York City during the storm.

While one of the tornadoes touched down near Park Slope in Brooklyn with maximum wind speeds around 129 kilometers per hour, the second slightly stronger tornado with maximum wind speeds of around 161 kilometers touched down about 4 kilometers south of Flushing in Queens and lifted about 1.6 kilometer northeast of Bayside.

A woman, identified as Iline Leuakis, was killed when a tree crashed into her car on the Grand Central Parkway in Queens.

Considering the strength of the storm and the tornadoes, meteorologists have opined that it is a "miracle" and expressed relief that a vast population was not affected by this and only one life was lost.

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