Bronx, NY, July 26, 2010 – The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in the Riverdale section of the Bronx Sunday during a powerful thunderstorm that knocked down dozens of trees and damaged several cars and buildings.
A National Weather Service storm damage team and the New York City Office of Emergency Management surveyed the damage Monday and determined that it is consisted with an EF1 tornado.
The inspectors saw tornado damage along a path of about sixth-tenths of a mile from the Hebrew Home for the Aged on Palisades Avenue, according to the NWS. The tornado proceeded in a southeasterly direction to about the intersection of West 254th Street and Riverdale Avenue, officials said.
The tornado with 100 mph winds touched down in the area at about 2:50 p.m. and lasted for about 10 minutes.
The team also confirmed straight-line wind damage consistent with a microburst, officials said.
After hitting the Bronx, the storm system moved across the Long Island Sound and swept into Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
The storm knocked out power to thousands of homes in the Bronx as well as on Long Island.
A sailor fell overboard on the Long Island Sound during the storm on Sunday and was still missing Monday, the Coast Guard said.