Residents of Queens and Brooklyn were shocked to see tornadoes cutting across their communities. But officials say while some homes and businesses were damaged, no one was seriously hurt.
The New York Times says the tornadoes were part of severe weather that moved across the state, ripping through a beach club in Breezy Point, Queens, tearing down power lines and flooding roads.
The bad weather also forced a delay of the US Open.
One tornado touched down in Canarsie, Brooklyn and a second struck Queens, photographed and captured on video by dozens of people using cellphone cameras. The twisters only lasted a short time but still managed to tear down walls and rip the roofs off homes. Ross Dickman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service says the Queens tornado carried winds of about 70 miles-an-hour, but only measured zero out of five on the Fujita scale, used to gauge a tornado's strength.
The weather service says the second tornado struck Brooklyn about 11:30 Saturday morning with a speed of 110 miles an hour and traveled about half a mile. Several more tornado warnings were issued throughout the day.
So far there have been no estimates on the damage.