Brutal winds batter New York City, bring down Bronx scaffolding

Brutal winds batter New York City, bring down Bronx scaffolding

Brutal gusts lashed the five boroughs Monday, flattening some scaffolding in the Bronx after the The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory in New York City.

The sidewalk shed that collapsed at around 3:30 p.m. on Casals Place in Co-Op City was reduced to a mess of tangled metal slats, bars and wooden boards, according to video from WABC-TV.

Investigators with the Department of Buildings — which issued a weather advisory for property owners, contractors and crane operators on Sunday night — were at the scene to determine the exact cause of the collapse and whether other factors contributed.

The heavy winds and rain also prompted officials to fully close the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge at 2:30 p.m., hours after the upper level were cordoned off due to gusts.

The wind advisory for the Big Apple was in effect through at least 7 p.m., with the NWS predicting speeds could reach up to 55 mph.

A high-wind warning was also in effect until 10 p.m. for Suffolk County, where gusts could reach up to 60 mph, the NWS said.

In New Jersey, a tornado watch was issued as powerful winds toppled trees. Flood warnings were also in effect for parts of the Garden State.