One of the best things about living in New York City has to be the public transportation — that is, except for days like Wednesday, when storms pummeled the city, damaging buildings, causing widespread flooding and displacing thousands of commuters.

[Mayor Michael] Bloomberg spoke after touring the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn which felt the brunt of the storm. Officials from the National Weather Service surveyed the area to see if a tornado had touched down after dozens of trees, power lines and rooftops were tossed about the streets.

“Roughly 40 buildings are damaged seriously. There are lots of buildings that have minor damage. If I had to guess from walking down the street there’s gotta be 100 automobiles [damaged],” he said.

Floodwaters reached the third rail in several places along the miles of city subways, spurring a shutdown of the major subway lines that run under New York City.

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