NEW YORK — New York City residents, utility crews and railroad workers cleaned up debris Friday after a brief but fierce storm barreled through the city, killing at least one person as it tore up trees, stripped off roofs and disrupted train service.
The National Weather Service dispatched investigators to assess whether a tornado touched down Thursday evening during the storm. Tornado warnings had been issued for Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens, all parts of the city.
Officials at Long Island Rail Road, the largest commuter rail line in the United States, said crews were working through the night to clear tracks of fallen trees, which caused service to be suspended temporarily between Penn Station in Manhattan and Jamaica, Queens, a key station for passengers going to JFK airport.
At least 30,000 customers were without power Thursday night, according to Alfonso Quiroz, a spokesman for Consolidated Edison. He said hardest hit was Queens, with 27,000 outages.