New York City Storm Produces Possible Tornado, Miles of Damage and Death (Photos)

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A major storm in New York City left miles of destruction and spawned a possible tornado on Thursday evening. There is a 14 mile path of mayhem from the storm. Trees were toppled, roofs were peeled away, and at least one woman was killed.

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 17: A downed tree sits on top of a car following a late afternoon storm yesterday which is being described as a possible tornado September 17, 2010 in the Park Slope neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. At least one fatality was attributed to the severe storm which brought high winds and rain to parts of Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The destruction reigns from Staten Island through Queens to Bayside. At least 1,000 trees were destroyed during the storm. The storm was brief but deadly. Right now there is talk that perhaps the storm was actually a tornado.

The NYC storm actually came a surprise to nearly everybody during rush hour traffic! Commuters were on their way home, and children were leaving their after-school activities. Power lines were downed, vehicles were crushed and trees were scattered. Iline Levakis and her husband Billy Levakis were parked in Queens. The two had just traded seats when the storm hit their car.

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 17: People walk by downed branches and other debris on a street following a late afternoon storm yesterday which is being described as a possible tornado September 17, 2010 in the Park Slope neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. At least one fatality was attributed to the severe storm which brought high winds and rain to parts of Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The storm killed Iline Levakis and her husband survived. What a tragic ending to the unexpected storm.

At one point at least 37,000 in NYC were without power. Crews are working hard to restore power to the affected areas. The cleanup is likely to take days after the massive destruction. Since 1950, New York City has only seen 8 tornadoes. July was the last time the city saw a tornado. Right now experts have not determined if this NYC storm was an actual tornado.

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