Tornado hits parts of New York City

By Arturo Garcia
Saturday, September 8, 2012 16:52 EDT
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Residents in Queens and Brooklyn felt a new kind of scare Saturday afternoon, as a tornado touched down in their communities.

According to WNBC-TV, the new neighborhoods, along with Staten Island and counties in Connecticut, New Jersey and Long Island, will remain under a tornado watch until 9 p.m. local time. WABC-TV reported that the twister was part of a line of storms that might bring more tornadoes to the mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Saturday.

The New York City Fire Department said no injuries have been reported, but did say trees were and power lines were knocked down in both Breezy Point and Flatbush, and are investigating possible structural damage and vehicles moved by the storm.

One resident said she first thought the tornado was dark smoke, when she saw it while driving on the Belt Parkway.

“At first I though it was dark smoke,” said Linda Beal-Benigno, who filmed the twister and shared her video with WNBC. “The entire Belt felt like it was shaking. It was very frightening because you could see the funnel traveling and moving. It crossed the highway and just missed cars. I never saw anything like that in my life.”

Beal-Benigno’s video footage of the tornado, posted by WNBC Saturday afternoon, can be seen below.

View more videos at: http://nbcnewyork.com.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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