The 2010 Brooklyn/Queens tornadoes were a severe weather event that occurred in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens in New York City on September 16, 2010. These tornadoes were the second to touch down in New York City that year, the first having occurred in the Bronx on July 25.
The storms struck New York City just as the evening rush hour was beginning. Damaging winds, heavy downpours, and hail up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) wreaked havoc with the evening commute. Hundreds of downed trees led to a temporary suspension of service on the Long Island Rail Road, Amtrak, and several subway services, including the 7, L, and M, leaving tens of thousands of commuters stranded. Passage on local roadways was nearly impossible due to fallen branches and downed power lines. Major highways including the Long Island Expressway and the Grand Central Parkway were at a standstill.
A woman was killed when a tree fell and crushed the vehicle she was driving. Another man in Flushing was killed by a tree crushing into his home by Kissena Park. Extensive and widespread wind damage led to over 30,000 downed trees, and power lines. Scattered power outages were reported across parts of the city.
Two separate tornadoes were later confirmed in Park Slope and Flushing, two areas that suffered the worst damage from the storms. The stronger of the two tornadoes touched down over Flushing and was rated an EF1 with maximum winds of 100 mph. The tornado touched down in Flushing Meadows Corona Park and headed through Northeast Queens. The twister tore down the 150-year-old steeple of St. George's Church in downtown Flushing. In addition to the tornadoes, the National Weather Service confirmed the occurrence of a macroburst bringing winds up to 125 mph to a wide swath of Middle Village and Forest Hills. The tornadoes were documented by The New York Times.
These tornadoes were part of a small outbreak that produced several damaging tornadoes across the Midwest, especially in Ohio. An EF2 tornado caused severe damage near Wooster. Another strong EF3 tornado that destroyed numerous homes near Reedsville and Belleville killed 1 person and injured several more.