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Tornado Watch Issued For Long Island

Body of unstable air could spawn damaging winds and heavy rain Saturday

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch Saturday afternoon for Long Island and all of the Metropolitan New York area.

Weather forecasters said the tornado watch is in effect for Long Island Sound southward to Jones Beach Inlet, westward to New York Harbor and eastward to Gardiners Bay.

There are preliminary reports that a possible tornado touched down in Brooklyn this morning near the Belt Parkway at Carnarsie, the New York Daily News reported.

The NWS is forecasting a potentially "significant damaging wind event" across much of the northeastern U.S. on Saturday. The alert means that atmospheric conditions pose a moderate risk of producing severe thunderstorms in Nassau County, bringing damaging winds, heavy rain and spawning possible tornadoes.

At 4 p.m., the storm system was clearly visible by radar as a line of storms stretching from Scranton, Pa., to Albany approaching the Hudson Valley from the west. The watch remains in effect at least until 9 p.m.

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The alert was issued from the northern Mid-Atlantic region into New England. The likely arrival of these storms is during the afternoon and evening hours, the NWS said.

Experts are monitoring the storm's development; they recommend basic precautions be taken now, such as removing patio furniture from outdoors and listening to media alerts.

This is a breaking story; Patch will have updates throughout the afternoon.

BD September 08, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Stay safe people!
tj September 08, 2012 at 06:03 PM
I feel they are over reacting
gailygail September 08, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Ya think.
Misty September 08, 2012 at 06:16 PM
That may very well be. What would you do if we weren't warned and you incurred significant damage to your home or person? They covered their butts. Now, do whatever you'd like with the information.
Kimberly Holland September 08, 2012 at 06:18 PM
There has already been tornado's in NY today Ths is BreezyPoint Queens http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_w8gWj2Ue3I
Patronage Troll September 08, 2012 at 06:24 PM
That is either a tornado - or one HELL of a 'dust devil'
Melissa Pinto September 08, 2012 at 06:33 PM
I think they are overreacting too, but at least they warn people anyway.
Lara September 08, 2012 at 07:17 PM
time to batten down the hatches people! umbrella patio tables, trashcans, any left of garden items... bring em in and prepare!
Lara September 08, 2012 at 07:20 PM
kimberly, is that your video!? that's incredible!!!
Dawn Wladyka September 08, 2012 at 07:31 PM
That video is terrifying!
Johnstone September 08, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Keep a Helmet on hand just in case it does happen. Leading cause of death if it does happen is head injury.
LoJo September 08, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Some video!!
Joe Dowd (Editor) September 08, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Patch is monitoring the storm. NWS radar at 7 p.m. indicates present storm brushing the North Shore. We'll keep you posted; please let us know if you see anything out of the ordinary. jd
rena damon September 08, 2012 at 11:57 PM
There's been an increase of tornadoes in NY recently. Wonder what that "phenomenon" is all about.
Jeff Dahmer September 09, 2012 at 01:11 AM
When the roof of you house comes off don't Bitch here
T. September 09, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Hey Ham Hands, Your link between storms and presidential candidates is as questionable and unintelligent as Mitt Romney.
Joe Dowd (Editor) September 09, 2012 at 05:31 AM
Looks like the storm did only minimal damage locally, with only widely scattered reports of power outages in Nassau County. The tornado watch expired at 9 p.m. skies should clear overnight, the NWS says. jd
David September 09, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Amazing that the Patch can't even give a weather report without someone turning it into a political debate. Ham Hands, please take it somewhere else. So where was all this bad weather? I guess we should be thankful that it barely rained here tonight. Other areas were not as fortunate.
Joe Dowd (Editor) September 09, 2012 at 05:40 AM
David. Thanks. How politics can get on the weather report? and yes: the North Shore got a short-lived torrential downpour about 7 p.m., but radar showed it moving quickly east, hammering Connecticut. There were less than 500 power outages across LIPA territory, widely scattered.
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God is angry bout all the fornicatin
James T. Quinlan September 09, 2012 at 03:38 PM
God is sending a message to all the union workers in Breezy Point. If you vote for the GOP this is what they will do to your pension and health benefits AFTER you retire. he will send down pestilence and storms upon ye.
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God sent a message for you. He said "I don't get involved in politics, moron"
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