Check out the 4 frame sequence that I grabbed from the below video of Thursday’s storm here. There were about 90 seconds elapsed between the first frame and the fourth frame in my selected sequence.
The tree visible in the video stills is towering above the surrounding 2-4 story buildings — it must be about 60-70 feet tall.
While you cannot see a visible “funnel cloud” in the video, you can definitely see the sheer power of the wind, and the intensity of the rain as the storm hits and practically shreds the giant tree. It’s lucky that it’s still standing.
The NY Times is reporting that over 2000 trees in Brooklyn and Queens were toppled or fatally damaged. See incredible reader’s photos and interactive graphic here.
NY Times also reports that meteorologists have confirmed two tornadoes occurred in this storm.
The below video is kinda shaky, as the guys filming it were freaking out and running around from place to place in their apartment — and rightly so — this was a freaking scary two minutes here in Brooklyn (and Queens), and even I was looking out of our windows yelling “Holy f***ing shit!”