Monday, July 26, 2010

Dissecting Sunday's NYC Tornado

For the third time in as many days, a line of severe storms marched their way through the New York City area on Sunday. For some the storms proved to be the worst of the bunch!

After much speculation from straight line winds, a microburst or even tornado, the National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed on Monday afternoon that it was indeed a tornado that touched down in the Riverdale section of The Bronx on Sunday, July 25 around 3:00 p.m.

After surveying the damage to determine its consistency with a 100 mph EF1 tornado, the NWS storm damage team noted the storms .6-mile path from Palisades Avenue to the intersection of West 254th Street and Riverdale Avenue. The storm moved southeasterly and brought down trees and knocked out power to thousands of customers. While the NWS says seven injuries were reported, there were no deaths.

After blasting through Riverdale, the tornado moved on across Long Island Sound and swept into Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

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