A fallen tree and debris at Cortelyou Street in Brooklyn took MTA workers hours toNYCT Subway/MTA/Twitter

Winds powerful enough to push trains backward on their tracks tore across areas of New York and New Jersey Thursday and wreaked havoc on roads, power lines and commutes.

Gusts topping 40 mph reportedly forced some Metro-North trains backward, NBC 4 reported. NJ Transit service was temporarily suspended on at least one line for 30 minutes. A fallen tree at the Cortelyou Street in Brooklyn delayed B and Q line service for several hours.

The city issued a high wind advisory through 6 p.m. Thursday as winds as high as 50 mph continued to be reported throughout the afternoon.

More than 20,000 customers were without power in New York City, New Jersey, Long Island, Westchester and Putnam counties.


One person was struck by a falling tree branch on Arthur Kill Road in Staten Island in the morning and was taken to Staten Island University Hospital to be treated for trauma.

Several large trees in Hackensack snapped and snagged power lines on the way down.

Travelers at LaGuardia and Newark airports are being warned of more than two-hour delays because of the high winds.

North of New York City, the winds blew snow onto roads, causing “whiteout" conditions, with additional reports of a 10-vehicle chain reaction crash on the New York State Thruway near Syracuse.

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