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Queens Chronicle

Brief summer storm blasts through boro

One hurt, no serious damage

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Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2012 10:30 am

A brief but powerful storm dropped more than 1.8 inches of rain on parts of Queens on July 18, resulting in at least one person being hurt with non-life-threatening injuries when she was struck by lightning.

Joey Picca, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s station at Upton, LI., said they recorded 1.83 inches at an official weather station at LaGuardia Airport between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m.

“You had a cold front appearing over the area where much of the region was covered with warm air that was full of moisture,” Picca said. “That triggered a storm northwest of the city. It took in all available moisture in the air that strengthened and energized the storm as it came through New York City.”

He said the storm carried strong, damaging wind gusts and reports of hailstones in some parts of the city up to an inch in diameter.

Published reports said the woman was struck at approximately 5:30 p.m. near Queens College at the intersection of 150th Street and 69th Road. She was hospitalized with injuries to her face and arm.

A spokesman for Con Edison said on Thursday that a total of 3,555 customers lost service during the storm, with a peak of 2,786 at approximately 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

The spokesman said the utility is attributing the outages mostly to downed trees and branches.

Charlie O’Shea, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation’s Queens office, said they did not have any serious weather-related incidents reported to them as of Thursday afternoon. He also said flooding issues all appeared to have cleared up by Thursday morning’s rush hour.

“We do have some areas that normally flood during a heavy rain,” O’Shea said. “This was nothing out of the ordinary.”

Spokesmen for the city’s departments of Transportation and Emergency Management reported no serious incidents.

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