Tornado hits south shore of Long Island, topples trees during violent storm – The Star-Ledger


Published: Friday, August 10, 2012, 9:30 PM     Updated: Friday, August 10, 2012, 9:52 PM


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Strong thunderstorms rip through Mercer County downing trees

BOHEMIA, N.Y. — A small tornado touched down on the south shore of Long Island today during a violent thunderstorm that uprooted trees and damaged homes, the National Weather Service said.

The tornado was moving at maximum wind speeds of about 85 miles per hour in Suffolk County this afternoon. The National Weather Service says the small twister touched down near Great River and traveled about 4 to 5 miles north across Ronkonkoma and into Bohemia, a hamlet in the town of Islip.

The tornado was about 150 yards wide.

The worst damage occurred in Bohemia at about 2 p.m., officials said. Several trees were uprooted and fell onto cars, power lines and houses.

Eyewitnesses reported the tornado moving north along the Connequot River. There are no reports of injuries tonight.

Newsday reported that Nassau County police responded to a report of a tree falling into a house in the town of Hempstead.

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Earlier today, the same storm system that affected Long Island dumped torrential rain on parts of northern and central New Jersey. More rain is expected Friday night and Saturday morning.

NEW JERSEY FORECAST

Here’s what the National Weather Service is predicting for the Garden State this weekend:

Friday night: Mostly cloudy, with showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms this evening. Slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Some thunderstorms could produce heavy rainfall.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy, with showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms in the morning. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Humid with highs in the mid-80s.

Saturday night: Mostly cloudy in the evening, then becoming partly cloudy with a chance of showers.

Sunday: Partly sunny and humid with highs in the upper 80s. Mostly clear Sunday night, with lows in the mid-60s.

The Star-Ledger Continuous News Desk contributed to this report.

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