Tree Toppled at Bronx Zoo as Thunderstorm Hits New York Area

A tree fell and blocked a footpath in the Bronx Zoo as a severe thunderstorm brought heavy downpours and high winds to the New York City area on Thursday afternoon, July 21.

The National Weather Service (NWS) had warned that the storm was packing wind speeds of up to 60 mph, could bring quarter-size hail, and may even produce a tornado.

Another storm following less than an hour later was expected to bring 40 mph winds that “could knock down tree limbs and blow around unsecured objects,” officials said. Flash flooding was also expected in some parts of the city.

The storms rolled through while the city was under a four-day special heat advisory, with temperatures between 95 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit expected on Thursday. Credit: @tornadicwonder via Storyful

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