Cleanup Underway After LI Tornado

In Bohemia, a clear path of destruction marked where the national weather service said a tornado touched down

By Jonathan Vigliotti
|  Saturday, Aug 11, 2012  |  Updated 2:59 PM EDT
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Plow trucks picked up tree limbs by the bundle, after a powerful storm tore through parts of Long Island on Friday, Jonathan Vigliotti Reports.

Plow trucks picked up tree limbs by the bundle, after a powerful storm tore through parts of Long Island on Friday, Jonathan Vigliotti Reports.

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Plow trucks picked up tree limbs by the bundle, after a powerful storm tore through parts of Long Island on Friday.

In Bohemia, a clear path of destruction marked where the national weather service said a tornado touched down.
 
"I heard the winds, it was very loud and really banging against the windows in the bedroom," said Cecelia Rudkowski, a Bohemia resident, who had a downed tree next to her home. "The dog was going crazy."

According to reports, the storm caused winds as strong as 85-miles-an-hour. Along with dozens of downed trees and power lines, the storm brought flooding rains.

"It was just a wall of water going around," said Great River resident Joe DeFranco. "The trees were laying down."

The tornado, which was classified as a EF-0 tornado, the weakest of all tornadoes, followed a 4.5-mile path and was estimated to 150 yards wide.

While the tornado was a relatively weak one, it was still strong enough to cause significant damage. Fallen tree limbs crushed cars and powerful winds knocked over fences and ripped patio furniture to shreds.

Fortunately, no one was injured.

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