Fallen tree on a car.  Courtesy of NYCEMBroken umbrellas in a trashcan. Courtesy of the Mayor’s Office of Photography.Man struggling with umbrella. Courtesy of the Mayor’s Office of Photography.Fallen trees in residential neighborhood. Courtesy of NYCEMLighting at WTC 1.  Courtesy of the Mayor’s Office of PhotographyFallen tree after a severe storm in Brooklyn.


High-wind events are a common occurrence in New York City. A variety of windstorm types can occur with little warning, damaging property and infrastructure, disrupting transportation, downing trees and power lines, and causing serious personal injuries.

New York City’s dense high-rise environment, high number of older buildings, and many open construction sites heighten its vulnerability to dangerous winds.

Find out more about high winds:

High Winds – Bibliography