Friday, September 17, 2010

Regional Volunteer in Staten Island During Powerful Storm

Regional Mass Care Activity Lead and Northern Vermont Chapter Disaster Volunteer Steve Pernicka was on Staten Island, NY last night when a powerful storm that has been reported as a tornado ripped through New York City.

The storm was reported as hitting Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island around 5:40 pm.  During the storm Staten Island suffered wind speeds that were estimated at 70 mph and parts of Brooklyn saw sustained winds of 60 mph according to the National Weather Service's Doppler Radar.

The National Weather Service has not yet declared the storm a tornado however there have been a number of trained spotters who reported seeing a funnel cloud about two miles north-northeast of Staten Island's Huguenot neighborhood.  Today National Weather Service officials will inspect the storm damage to determine if, in fact, a tornado hit the city.

Check out Steve's storm photos here