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Tornadoes cause chaos in New York

11 September 2012 09:21

Dark clouds loom over the NYC skyline

Dark clouds loom over the NYC skyline

The city of New York was hit by two tornadoes on Saturday but although infrastructure was damaged, no serious injuries were reported.

The first storm hit the Breezy Point section of the Rockaway peninsula in Queens. Amateur video showed the tornado sucking up water and sand before also damaging buildings in the beachfront area. A short time later, the second tornado moved toward the Canarsie neighbourhood in Brooklyn. Although homes and trees were damaged, residents were thankful that the 110mph winds did not cause more devastation.

A tornado warning had been issued 20 minutes before, but residents were still taken by surprise. Unexpected weather patterns like this can also disrupt travel plans and tourists would have been thankful for the safety net provided by their travel insurance. One resident of Breezy Point, Peter Maloney, described the storm in familiar terms: "Just like they always say, it sounded like a train."