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2 tornadoes strike New York City; no serious injuries reported

Sept. 8, 2012 at 11 p.m.

NEW YORK (AP) - Two tornadoes struck the outer edges of New York City on Saturday, one hitting a beachfront neighborhood and the second, stronger twister striking moments later about 10 miles away, startling residents who once thought of twisters as a Midwestern phenomenon.

The powerful winds hurled debris into the air and knocked out power, but no serious injuries were reported.

Videos taken by bystanders showed a funnel cloud sucking up water, then sand, and then small pieces of buildings, as the first moved through the Breezy Point section of the Rockaway peninsula in Queens.

The second hit to the northwest, in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn also near the water, about seven minutes later. The National Weather Service said winds were up to 110 miles per hour, and several homes and trees were damaged.

Residents had advance notice. The weather service had issued a tornado warning for Queens and Brooklyn at around 10:40 a.m. The storm took people by surprise anyway when it struck about 20 minutes later.

"I was showing videos of tornadoes to my 4-year-old on my phone, and two minutes later, it hit," said Breezy Point neighborhood resident Peter Maloney. "Just like they always say, it sounded like a train."



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