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Sunday, 9 September 2012

Two rare tornadoes have hit New York City's borough of Queens and Brooklyn, damaging homes, causing blackouts and throwing debris into the air.

The first storm, with winds up to 70mph (113km/h), struck Breezy Point on Queens' Rockaway Peninsula.
The second tornado, with gusts reaching 110mph, hit Brooklyn's Canarsie area just minutes later.
No injuries were reported, but the storms forced the suspension of the US Open tennis tournament.
Police ordered the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows to be evacuated, halting the second semi-final in men's competition.
Eyewitnesses in Queens reported seeing trees and electricity pylons uprooted and picnic benches and waste bins being thrown into the air. There were some reports of vehicles being lifted up.
Video posted on You Tube shows a large, dark tornado funnelling out of the skyline.
At the Breezy Point Surf Club, the storm tore off roofs of cabanas, scattering debris around.
"We were all scared. The windows on the whole building broke, the lights went out... Everything was shaking. It was really crazy," club employee Caitlin Walsh was quoted as saying by Reuters.

From BBC News

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