Rare Tornadoes Hits New York City

Posted September 8th, 2012 at 10:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Violent weather tore across the hot and steamy northeastern United States Saturday, bringing torrential rains, knocking out power, and dropping two rare tornadoes on New York City.

One twister touched down in the borough of Queens and a second hit Brooklyn, startling residents who ran for safety as soon as they realized what was happening.

The tornadoes overturned cars, blew down trees and damaged homes. No injuries are reported. The storm forced officials to postpone the women's finals at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. While common in the spring and summer in the Midwest, tornadoes are scarcely seen in New York.

Severe thunderstorms stretched along the Atlantic coastal region from New England to North Carolina Saturday. The same weather front brought strong storms to the upper central U.S. Friday, killing four people.