We're under a tornado watch throughout New York City, all of Long Island, and Westchester (north of the city). The watch lasts until 9pm tonight.
We haven't had a drop of rain here, about 10 miles east of the city limits, but the winds are tearing up smaller tree branches, tossing outdoor furniture around, tossing garbage cans 6 feet in the air, and damaging some rain gutters and vinyl siding.
Earlier today, a tornado passed through Breezy Point, NY. This town is on the western end of the small peninsula that separates Jamaica Bay from the Atlantic Ocean. The location is just south of Brooklyn's Coney Island and Brighton Beach. Judging from the direction, it was heading for Floyd Bennett Field and on toward JFK airport. But it seems to have broken up over the water after passing through the little strip of land.
Below is a link to a video of the tornado taken by a Breezy Point resident. It's white while passing over water (waterspout), and then turns gray as it hits the beach and then you see the debris. As the camera is zoomed in, the iris closes and you can see more of the funnel. It went through the "Breezy Point Surf Club" - a beach club - and it ripped the roofs off cabanas and carried away the canoes.
At the end, you can hear the fire sirens going off.
The National Weather Elitists allege they are still "investigating the possibility of a cyclone". These rocket scientists only need to watch this video and then they can figure it out for themselves.
Yes, we have had tornado activity in NYC in the past, but it's very rare. And since many occur at night, it is even more rare to see one in daylight caught on video.