Storm Batters Tri-State Area

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This storm was truly unruly, whipping up serious problems all over our area. From bridges, to airports, to the Statue of Liberty. The storm even turned deadly when it swept through New Jersey.

Tonight neighbors on 80th Street near 6th Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, told PIX News they've been complaining to the city about what they considered a dangerous tree for three years until today's storm finally blew it over. Nobody on the block was hurt, but you can just imagine the shock of looking up from lunch and seeing a huge tree not just toppled over on your block, but it's big branches punching right through your second floor window and busting up your roof. It happened to Suzi Composto from Bay Ridge who told PIX News it was "really scary, really frightening. Especially that my dog was literally inches away from it." Neighbors tell PIX News it was a full house at the time, including three kids inside the apartment plus other family members and a housekeeper.

Sadly, it was a much more sorrowful story in West Milford, New Jersey. The severe thunderstorm that swept through our area packing powerful winds and torrential rain turned deadly in New Jersey. The storm knocked a tree onto the roof of a car on Macopin Road trapping Thomas Murphy and his wife Barbara inside. Acting West Milford Police Chief Gene Chiosie told PIX News that "Mr. Murphy was pronounced dead at the scene, Barbara was transported to St. Joe's Hospital in Paterson, New Jersey by ambulance. Barbara had head injuries."

In Lower Manhattan at the South Street Seaport, the battering winds blew over this festive tree. No injuries were reported. And no one was reported hurt in Leonia, New Jersey (in Bergen County) where a tree smashed into a house on Grandview Street. The storm was so serious that at 2pm, even the statue of Liberty was shut down for the rest of the day out of an abundance of caution.

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