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NYC: Tornado Terror (2008)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | TV Movie 4 October 2008
What appears to be harmless little whirlwinds and dust devils turns out to be a precursor to something deadlier and ends up threatening New York City's very existence.


Tibor Takács (as Tibor Takacs)


T.S. Cook




Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole de Boer ... Cassie Lawrence (as Nicole deBoer)
Sebastian Spence ... Jim Lawrence
Jerry Wasserman ... Mayor Leonardo
Winston Rekert Winston Rekert ... Dr. Lars Liggenhorn
Colby Johannson ... Brian Flynn
Tegan Moss ... Lori Lawrence
Jill Morrison ... Lucy
Matthew Harrison ... Dr. Quinn
Paulo Ribeiro Paulo Ribeiro ... Lefferts
Jennifer Copping ... Maggie Flynn
Patricia Isaac ... Wife #1
Richard Ian Cox ... Herbert
Samantha Ferris ... Lillian
Emy Aneke ... Ken Hardsell
David Orth ... Pilot


An unexplained, local split in the atmosphere causes a series of total unpredictable, yet devastating tornadoes. Rookie fireman Brian Flynn gets trapped in the underground sewage with his girlfriend, deputy mayor James 'Jim' Lawrence and climatologist Dr. Cassie Lawrence's niece Lori. Mayor Leonardo of New York initially refuses to pay proper attention to the phenomenon, a 'reelection threat', so the alert status remains too low for long. Atypical lightning discovered inside tornadoes adds unprecedented dangers. The Lawrences and aeronautics renegade Dr. Lars Liggenhorn conceive a possible solution by launching rockets, but NASA's Dr. Quinn overrules them, imposing standard silver iodine. Written by KGF Vissers

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Although it's mentioned by any character, a tornado is measured by its destructive force with the Fujita's Scale. It was named after Tetsuya Fujita, who in 1971 in collaboration with Allan Pearson created a scale to differentiate a twister according the wind speed:

F0: 60-117 km/h or 45-72 mph (light damage).

F1: 117-181 km/h or 73-112 mph (moderate damage).

F2: 181-250 km/h or 113-157 mph (significant damage).

F3: 250-320 km/h or 158-206 mph (severe damage).

F4: 320-420 km/h or 207-260 mph (devastating damage).

F5: 420-510 km/h or 261-308 mph (incredible damage).

F6: 510-610 km/h or 309-379 mph (altough initially Fujita scale have five marks, in 1999 a tornado located in Bridge CreekMoore, Oklahoma, devastated with a force more powerful never seen before. It was the only one F6 registered in history, despite The United States National Weather Service officially maintains that the Bridge Creek-Moore tornado was a F5, not F6). See more »


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Shiny Shite in Circles
23 June 2008 | by hlmoviemanSee all my reviews

Possibly (one of) the worst TV films ever.

A huge atmospheric problem centred over the US, as usual, has a grudge against New York and its inhabitants. Apparently global warming is here to bite Americans in the ass.

Besides the annoying TV newslady commentating throughout the movie, far harder to watch is the very crappy special fx. The acting is cringeworthy, but this isn't to say that the actors can't act. Well, they can't in this one, but I think that has more to do with the ridiculous dialogue and poor directing.

Actually, this movie has really got me bored. I may have finished watching it, but I couldn't bother to carry on writing about it. DON'T BOTHER WITH THIS ONE!!!

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Release Date:

4 October 2008 (USA) See more »

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New York Tornado See more »

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1.78 : 1
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