Strong Winds Take Down Trees in Brooklyn

NY Post - February 08, 2020

by Gabrielle Fonrouge

Fierce wind gusts of up to 60 mph took down trees across the city Friday, including in Brooklyn, where large branches and even some trunks fell on cars and caused a road closure, according to officials and an Accuweather meteorologist.

The FDNY said it responded to a home on Dorchester Road near Argyle Avenue in Ditmas Park around 2 p.m. — at the height of the strong winds — and closed off the road after several trees cracked and crashed down on the street and at least one parked car.

The agency closed off the street and alerted the Parks Department, which handles fallen trees and debris.

Dave Dombek, a senior meteorologist at Accuweather, said the windy conditions acted almost as a “natural pruning” for dead and flimsy trees.

“There’s a lot of dead branches, so it’s a natural pruning where you have some dead branches and weak branches, and the wind will certainly blow those out of the trees, small branches for sure, sometimes larger branches or limbs,” Dombek explained.

He said the highest gusts elsewhere in the region Friday were in Westhampton, LI, where winds peaked at 61 mph, and at Newark International Airport in New Jersey, where gusts climbed as high as 59 mph.

Dombek said the winds are now subsiding but would continue in the 40 mph to 45 mph range until late Friday or early Saturday morning.

Despite the strong winds, temperatures peaked at a balmy 56 degrees Friday and are now plummeting to around 38 degrees, with a windchill of 28 degrees.