A fast-moving thunderstorm swept across the New York area late this afternoon, pounding the region with heavy rain and gusting winds that caused considerable damage, especially in Brooklyn, where downed trees and scattered debris blocked some streets.
Downed trees have also led to the suspension of Long Island Railroad service out of Penn Station and Atlantic Avenue to Jamaica, Queens. Commuters are being advised to get to Jamaica station by subway.
Two subway lines are also experiencing stoppages. Fallen trees in Brooklyn have halted service on parts of the M and L lines. L train service is suspended from the Canarsie-Rockaway Parkway Station to the Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenue Station in both directions. M train suspended between the Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenue Station and the Middle Village-Metropolitan Avenue Station in both directions. Due to debris on the tracks at the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue Station, 7 train service is running with delays in both directions at this time.
Brooklyn Borough Historian and amateur metrologist Ron Schweiger watched the storm from his Flatlands home. "These thunder storms are usually fast movers," he said as the storm hit his neighborhood. "It came down like a hurricane. I have to go upstairs and check my animometer to see what the strongest wind gust was, but I would estimate gusts here reached close to 40 miles per hour."