September 8, 2012
A tornado hitting Breezy Point in Queens, New York. It hits the beach first then tracks northeast damaging the Breezy Point Surf Club before continuing on across the peninsula. Video shot by Roy Currlin.
A rare tornado struck New York City on Saturday, blowing out the windows of at least one building, and a separate twister hit the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., as a line of fierce thunderstorms swept the region, knocking out power to thousands of homes.
There were no immediate reports of heavy damage or injuries from the storms, but the National Weather Service said a tornado watch remained in effect for parts of New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut.
A tornado warning, a higher level of alert, was posted on Saturday for much of northern Virginia and central Maryland, and two storms “capable of producing a tornado” struck near the Maryland suburbs of Langley Park and Bowie within 10 minutes of each other, the weather service said.