Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Tracking the Path of Brooklyn's Tornado

(Are you looking for the Sept. 16, 2010 storm? That's here.)

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Using Google Maps, we tracked the path of the tornado as it cut it's way through Brooklyn. According to the Brooklyn Eagle, the twister was believed to have started at 74th Street and Shore Road (green tag) before moving northeast to 68th Street and Fourth Avenue, then to Lief Ericson Park, up Sixth Avenue and 58th before swinging out to Midwood along Caton Avenue (red tag) , where it died down.

The National Weather Service confirmed that Wednesday's storm was an EF2-class tornado, winds up to 135 miles-per-hour, causing serious damage to homes in Bay Ridge and other sections of Brooklyn.

Early estimates by state Sen. Marty Golden’s office put damages possibly in the tens of millions of dollars. According to the Eagle, Lief Ericson Park lost between 30 and 40 percent of its trees. Roughly 400 roofs had been damaged, some ripped clean off.

More here.

UPDATE: Another map from the National Weather Service vis the Brooklyn Eagle here.

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10 comments:

Right in Bay Ridge said...

Cool map! We did the same thing yesterday too only using mapquest. Check it out!

http://rightinbayridge.blogspot.com/2007/08/kansas-right-in-bay-ridge.html

Jackie said...

Did it really follow the freeways?

It would be interesting to know for sure if perhaps freeways create a preferred path for twisters.

jb said...

Maybe the houses are smaller there. I would think that a wall of highrises would blunt a twister's impact.

98th St said...

There was construction on the Gowanus that night, so it couldn't get up the ramp from 3rd Ave

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the map. It's what I came to the computer to find.

- Hal in Crown Heights

dep said...

Could you post a link to the actual google map?

Sally Tomato said...

It moved through Bay Ridge, then Windsor Terrace then stopped for a drink at Farrell's.

Anonymous said...

Caton Avenue is not in Midwood.

wileycount said...

driving to work along ocean parkway at about 7:40AM, I saw an uprooted tree and destroyed sidewalk on the right on an avenue just a couple of blocks before the prospect. Anyone know if this could have been caused by something other than the tornado-force winds?

sammy said...

I think it skipped over from Staten Island.