Severe storm topples trees in Brooklyn

Severe storm topples trees– A severe thunderstorm hit New York City, causing significant damage in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

– The storm occurred on July 25, 2023, around 4 p.m.

– Trees were knocked down onto cars, streets, and sidewalks in the area of Bay Ridge Parkway and 18th Avenue.

– The FDNY responded to the scene, and there were some power outages in the neighborhood.

– The city's Parks Department and Con Edison were notified about the situation.

– Con Edison reported 36 outages across the five boroughs affecting roughly 337 customers, with the estimated restoration time for most outages between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

– The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the entire tri-state area through 8 p.m.

– The damage was not caused by a tornado, but by a microburst with winds reaching up to 70 mph, according to the NWS.

– Neighbors had previously reported the old and damaged condition of the trees to 311.

– The storm resulted in only one minor injury when a tree branch fell on someone's shoulder.

– Crews were expected to clear the streets on the following day.