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2 tornadoes and microburst touch down in New York City

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • NEW: Queens, Brooklyn took tornado hits
  • NEW: Microburst caused greatest damage, weather service says
  • One death was storm-related, the New York Police Department says
  • The storm left thousands without power and triggered delays on rail lines and at airports

New York (CNN) -- Forget two turntables and a microphone -- New York City experienced two tornados and a microburst Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Spokesman Gary Conte told reporters at the Office of Emergency Management late Friday.that an EF-0 tornado touched down in Brooklyn and an EF-1 tornado touched down in Queens.

"EF" numbers -- the Enhanced Fujita scale -- are a method of estimating wind speed based on damage. An EF-0 tornado likely brought 3-second bursts of winds between 65 and 85 mph, while an EF-1 carried gusts of 86 to 110 mph.

The strongest winds and greatest damage, which also took place in Queens, were caused by what Conte described as a "microburst." Conte said this was "a sudden acceleration of winds coming out from fast moving storms." It produced wind gusts up to 125 miles per hour, he told reporters.

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National Weather Service meteorologist Ross Dickman told reporters that the service and emergency management and spent the day reviewing radar data, interviewing residents, touring the ground and flying around different parts of the city to determine the types of storms that hit the area Thursday.

"I want to first say that I'm very sorry for those that experienced extensive damage with this storm," he said.

Crews in New York worked early Friday morning to clean up damage left behind by a fast-moving storm that killed one person when it ripped through the city.

The storm's strong winds and torrential rains toppled trees and left more than 20,000 customers without power Thursday.

A 30-year-old woman was killed in Queens when a tree fell on the car she was driving, the New York Police Department said.

"The good news is that most people were safe, just annoyed, traffic being bad or a tree coming down in their yard," he said.

Both New York City's La Guardia and New Jersey's Newark airports experienced two-hour outbound delays Thursday, while John F. Kennedy airport reported three-hour outbound delays.

The storm also caused a headache for commuters on Thursday. All Long Island Railroad service going east out of Manhattan was suspended Thursday after the storm, as was service on certain subway lines running from Manhattan into Queens and Brooklyn. .

CNN's Sean Morris, Jesse Solomon, Logan Burruss, Rob Frehse, Cheryl Robinson, and Kristen Hamill and Eden Pontz contributed to this report.