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.