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Isaias was ‘most serious’ storm to hit NYC since Sandy: de Blasio

Tropical Storm Isaias’ appearance in New York may have been brief — but it was the worst storm to wallop the area since Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday.

The powerful storm, which packed damaging wind gusts as high as 70 mph, left one man dead in Queens and a woman injured in Brooklyn, uprooted trees across the five boroughs and knocked out power to 130,000 New Yorkers.

De Blasio called Isaias “very brief but very intense.”

“This is turning out to be one of the most serious weather events since Hurricane Sandy,” Hizzoner said at his daily press briefing, referring to the deadly 2012 superstorm that caused historic flooding in the Big Apple.

At one point, 911 was slammed with more than 100 calls per minute, he added.

Mayor Bill de Blasio
Mayor Bill de BlasioJames Messerschmidt

“The system held even though there were real delays,” he said.

Con Edison is now working to restore power to the area, while the city is clearing debris and downed trees off streets.

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