Tornadoes Touch Down in Brooklyn and Queens - NBC New York

Tornadoes Touch Down in Brooklyn and Queens

No injuries were reported from either tornado



    Tornado Wreaks Havoc in Breezy Point

    Twister touchdown was a surprise despite warning for the residents of Breezy Point, Queens, as Jonathan Vigliotti reports. (Published Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012)

    Two tornadoes touched down in New York City late Saturday morning, one in Queens and another in Brooklyn, causing damage and frightening startled residents.

    An EF0 tornado made landfall in the Breezy Point section of the Rockaway peninsula in Queens at approximately 11 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. The 70 mile per hour winds hurled sand and debris in the air, downed multiple trees and power lines, moved cars and damaged property.

    About five minutes later, an EF1 tornado touched down in Canarsie, Brooklyn, the National Weather Service confirmed. The 110 mile per hour winds leveled trees and power lines and damaged homes.

    No injuries were reported from either tornado.

    Tornado Over the Belt Parkway

    [NY] Tornado Over the Belt Parkway
    Viewer video of a tornado over the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn Saturday afternoon.
    (Published Monday, Sept. 10, 2012)

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    Jim Brady was inside his Cabana in the Surf Club, a beach club in Breezy Point that sustained significant damage, when he got the tornado warning. He took cover in his bathroom.

    "I was down on the floor in the shower when I heard just the biggest noise," Brady said. "It was just unbelievable."

    Storm Cleanup Begins in Brooklyn

    [NY] Tornado Touches Down In Brooklyn
    A tornado leaves a path of destruction in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn. Some neighbors were trapped in their homes after the twister passed. News 4's Gus Rosendale was there and has the latest.
    (Published Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012)

    In Canarsie, where the tornado ripped off parts of roofs, Terrill Baden struggled to close his front door as the twister rolled in.

    "The wind was very stong," Baden said. "It was raining. A lot of debris was flying around."

    Linda Beal-Benigno was driving on the Belt Parkway near the Flatbush exit when she said a tornado traveled across the road.

    "At first I thought it was dark smoke," she said. "The entire belt felt like it was shaking. It was very frightening because you could see the funnel traveling and moving. It crossed the highway and just missed cars."

    She added, "I never saw anything like that in my life."

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