Tornado Touches Down on Long Island

The area around Bohemia was hit hardest by the tornado which brought 85-mph winds

Saturday, Aug 11, 2012  |  Updated 3:03 AM EDT
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A tornado touched down on Long Island Friday afternoon, as a system of fast-moving, powerful storms lashed parts of the tri-state area.

A tornado was confirmed near in Suffolk County from Great River north to Ronkonkoma, the National Weather Service reported.  It touched down at about 2 p.m.,  bringing 85-mile-per-hour winds that knocked down trees, damaged homes and caused power outages in the area of Bohemia and Oakdale. 

The tornado followed a 4.5-mile path and was estimated to 150 yards wide.

Track the storm with our interactive radar.

The tornado was classified as a EF-0 tornado, the weakest of all tornadoes,  but it was still powerful enough to wreak havoc across a wide swath of the island.

 

The worst damage occurred in Bohemia at about 2 p.m. Several trees were uprooted and fell onto cars, power lines and houses.

Eyewitnesses reported the tornado moving north along the Connequot River. There are no reports of injuries.

 

In neighboring Oakdale, a big tree landed on Jeff Brereton's house in Woodlawn Avenue. His windows were blown out and he has holes in his roof, but he is thankful it wasn't worse. 

"I looked out the window and I saw sideways rain, and then I heard a loud crash at the front of the house," Brereton told NBC 4 New York.  "I'm pretty fortunate, though. If the tree feel four feet to the right, we'd be in big trouble."

Most areas are expected to be dry throughout the night, but the humidity will persist. Wet weather could return on Saturday, with highs in the low 80s and isolated showers throughout most of the morning. 
 
Sunday is expected to be sunny with temperatures in the mid-80s.    

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