One Dead as Intense Storm Smacks NYC

Residents in the Park Slope neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York circle around a car crushed by a fallen tree, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010. A brief but severe storm has swept through New York City, uprooting trees and damaging cars. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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A fast-moving storm ripped through the city, killing one person and downing trees and power lines - even tearing off rooftops in one Brooklyn neighborhood.

Fire officials Thursday say one person died after a tree fell on a car in Queens. Numerous minor injuries have also been reported.

The National Weather Service on Thursday issued a tornado warning for Staten Island and Brooklyn. The warning was in effect until 6 p.m.

Brooklyn resident Steven Harris says seven or eight rooftops blew off on his street. He says trees fell and knocked down power lines.

In the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn witnesses say the sky went pitch black at about 5:30 p.m. Trees started waving around like blades of grass. Large branches snapped and hit cars, smashing windshields.