The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in Canarsie, Brooklyn, and a second one 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.
Residents said what's important is that everyone is OK.
"The rain came down real hard with a lot of wind," said one resident. "We saw the trees start to dance. And it took the awning there and ripped it off."
"We saw that the roof from the neighbor's yard ended up here on the other person's yard on this side," said another. "It was crazy. It was chaotic."
"We're still a little bit shocked that it happened," said a third. "So we're still trying to get used to the situation."
In Canarsie, store windows were broken.
Emergency crews are also looking into possible structural damage.
Viewer pictures were submitted to NY1 from Bergen Beach, where strong thunderstorms snapped off tree branches.
One even pierced the windshield of a parked car.
The National Weather Service reported multiple trees and power lines knocked down in Flatbush.
Meanwhile, meteorologists were sent to Queens to get more information about the Breezy Point tornado.
Workers at Breezy Point Surf Club said there was some damage and some chaotic moments when the storm hit.
"I was coming out of the kitchen and a lady was yelling 'don't come out or run into the bar' because it was started," said one resident. "I run into the bar and it was a big gush of wind and look out and saw things flying all over the pool, into the pool."
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly checked out the scene and said even small tornadoes can cause big damage.
"Tornadoes can be very localized, too," Kelly said. "It doesn't necessarily cover a large area but if it's in your area, it can cause an awful lot of damage and do it quickly."
So far, no injuries have been reported.
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