Freak Twister Wallops Brooklyn

Looked like 'Wizard of Oz'
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Aug 9, 2007 4:47 AM CDT
Daniel Chen stands by his car that was damaged by debris from a collapsed roof in the Bay Ridge section of the Brooklyn borough of New York, Wednesday Aug. 8, 2007. Severe storms paralyzed the metropolitan...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Trees were toppled, cars mangled and roofs ripped off houses when the first tornado in 118 years ripped through Brooklyn yesterday in the midst of a vicious storm that pummeled New York. Winds clocked speeds of 135 mph. "I thought it was 'The Wizard of Oz,'" said a stunned homeowner.

More than 40 buildings were shredded. The twister wreaked so much damage on a local park that it "looked like the site of a World War II artillery battle," said the parks commissioner. The twister was part of storm system that dumped close to 3 inches of rain on the city and brought subways to a screeching halt.