This evening, the National Weather Service in Upton, NY confirmed that an EF-0 tornado touched down in Suffolk County, New York. The NWS estimated wind speeds of around 85 miles per hour. Earlier, wind damage reports were received from several locations on Long Island as a strong storm system battered the coastal sections of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Isolated tornadoes were in the forecast today from the Storm Prediction Center, who would later issue a Tornado Watch as the complex moved into Connecticut.
You can read the full description of the tornado event in a Public Information Statement from the National Weather Service below, or by clicking here.
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY 549 PM EDT FRI AUG 10 2012 ...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR GREAT RIVER NORTH TO RONKONKOMA IN SUFFOLK COUNTY NEW YORK... LOCATION...GREAT RIVER NORTH TO RONKONKOMA IN SUFFOLK COUNTY NEW YORK DATE...AUGUST 10, 2012 ESTIMATED TIME...2:06 PM EDT MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF0 ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...85 MPH MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...150 YARDS YARDS PATH LENGTH...4.5 MILES BEGINNING LAT/LON...40.72 / 73.16W ENDING LAT/LON...40.80 / 73.12W * FATALITIES...UNKNOWN * INJURIES...UNKNOWN * THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT(S) AND PUBLICATION IN NWS STORM DATA. ...SUMMARY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NEW YORK NY HAS CONFIRMED AN EF0 TORNADO NEAR GREAT RIVER NORTH TO RONKONKOMA IN SUFFOLK COUNTY NEW YORK ON AUGUST 10, 2012. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONDUCTED A STORM SURVEY IN SOUTH CENTRAL SUFFOLK COUNTY NEW YORK. BASED ON THIS SURVEY...THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ON WIDGEON COURT IN GREAT RIVER AND TRACKED NORTH WHEN IT LIFTED NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF OCEAN AVENUE AND GARY WAY ROAD IN RONKONKOMA. THE TRACK WAS ACROSS CONNEQUOT RIVER STATE PARK...BOHEMIA COUNTY PARK AND BOHEMIA. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT WIND DAMAGE OCCURRED BETWEEN 8TH AVENUE AND FEUEREISEN AVENUE IN BOHEMIA AROUND 2:11 PM EDT. TREES WERE TWISTED AND SNAPPED OFF...FALLING ONTO CARS AND HOUSES. MULTIPLE TREES WERE UPROOTED AND THROWN ONTO POWER LINES. SEVERAL HOMES WERE DAMAGED DUE TO FALLEN TREES IN OAKDALE AND BOHEMIA. THERE WERE SEVERAL EYEWITNESS REPORTS OF THE TORNADO MOVING NORTH ALONG THE CONNEQUOT RIVER AND IN BOHEMIA AS WELL. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE THANKS BOTH THE BOHEMIA FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE SUFFOLK COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FOR THEIR SUPPORT IN CONDUCTING THIS SURVEY. THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT WEATHER.GOV/NYC.