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Wild Weather Hits Tri-State Again After Tornado Rips Apart Queens Neighborhood

The wild weather Friday comes after a confirmed tornado tore through a Queens neighborhood on Thursday

What to Know

  • More severe weather pummeled the tri-state region Friday afternoon, less than a day after a tornado touched down in Queens
  • Conditions are expected to stay ugly through Saturday as yet another round of showers and storms pushes through the region
  • Thursday's weather forced a stampede of people to seek shelter during Beyonce and Jay-Z's On the Run II concert at MetLife Stadium

More topsy-turvy weather hit the tri-state Friday, lashing the region with torrential rain and damaging winds before making way for blue skies, just a day after a tornado plowed through a Queens neighborhoood. 

Most of the tri-state saw some of the severe storms Friday afternoon, and another round of storms began to push through the region again early on Saturday. The wet weather should persist through much of the morning and could threatened the first edition of New York City's beloved Summer Streets program. 

Virtually the entire region is under a flash flood watch through Saturday morning. Check severe weather alerts for your neighborhood here.

Periods of heavy rain associated with thunderstorms are expected to soak parts of the region Saturday morning through the early afternoon, possibly causing localized flooding in spots. Most of the wet weather tapers off by day's end.

The sun returns for Sunday -- along with more heat. Storm Team 4 says it could be the first of several days in the 90s.

Friday's severe weather hampered rail travel throughout the region during the eveing rush. Downed trees suspended the Metro-North's Hudson line from Peekskill to Cold Spring for hours, and NJ Transit canceled dozens of trains for a bevy of issues including the weather. 

The downpours also brought down trees and wreaked havoc for homeowners throughout the region, as well. News 4 cameras caught downed wires and logs smashed into homes in the Garden State Friday afternoon.

It comes after the National Weather Service confirmed a EF0 twister -- the weakest possible classification for a tornado -- touched down near St. Fidelis Catholic Church in College Point, weaving a path of destruction about three-quarters of a mile long and 100 yards wide.

Twister Downs 50 Trees, Leaves Trail of Destruction in Queens Neighborhood

At least 50 trees were taken down. The breadth of the damage was evident: One video showed a tree crush a woman’s car. Another showed a man get help from paramedics after a large tree limb fell on him. Streets appeared to more green than black, as scores of fallen leaves, trees and other debris obscured the pavement. It was the seventh tornado to hit the city since 2010. 

Queens Tornado Is the 7th to Hit NYC Since 2010

Storms battered New Jersey as well. One forced a stampede of concertgoers to seek shelter at the Beyonce and Jay-Z show at MetLife Stadium. The concert resumed after nearly an hour; Beyonce thanked the crowd for staying around. 

“Thank y'all for riding. It's like 1 something in the morning," she said. "God bless you. We appreciate you. We love you."

Concertgoers at the Beyonce and Jay-Z show at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey were ordered to seek shelter amid an approaching thunderstorm. (Credit: Oscar Kwan)

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