Tornadoes Hit Queens & Brooklyn


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The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in Canarsie, Brooklyn and a tornado touched down in Breezy Point, Queens Saturday morning. The National Weather Service categorized the tornado that touched down in Canarsie as an EF1 tornado. Tornadoes in that category have the potential to reach speeds of up to 110 miles per hour.

The National Weather Service estimates the tornado that touched down in Queens was 50 yards wide and 600 feet long. The tornado was classified as an EF0 tornado, which has wind speeds between 65 and 85 miles per hour.

A tornado watch was issued for all five boroughs until 9 p.m. Saturday. A tornado warning was previously issued by the National Weather Service for Queens and Brooklyn. That warning ended at 11:30 a.m.

The streets were littered with broken trees and branches, all within a very short time.

In Canarsie, store windows were broken.

Emergency crews are also looking into possible structural damage.

So far, no injuries have been reported.