Tornado Watch Issued for Long Island Until 9 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch across all parts of Long Island until 9 p.m. Saturday.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for both Nassau and Suffolk Counties, in effect until 9 p.m. tonight.

A severe line of thunderstorms rolling over the area combined with extreme wind disturbances in the upper atmosphere have combined to make the area more likely to have a tornado. While this smaller band of rain will have pushed across Long Island by 12:30 p.m.

Earlier today, a tornado warning was issued for parts of Brooklyn and Queens. There has been a report by The Gothamist that a tornado touched down in Brooklyn around 11:30 a.m. The YouTube video to the right shows the apparent tornado in Queens Saturday morning. 

A tornado watch means there is potential for a tornado event within the coming hours, but does not mean a tornado is imminent. A tornado warning is issued when tornadic activity is identified by NWS radars or on-the-ground spotters and is imminent.

What to Do In Case of a Tornado

In the case of a tornado, the National Weather Service suggests the following on their :

  • The safest place to be is an underground shelter, basement, or safe room.  
  • If no underground shelter or safe room is available, a small, windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a sturdy building is the safest alternative.
  • Mobile homes are not safe during tornadoes. Abandon mobile homes and go to the nearest sturdy building or shelter immediately.
  • If you are caught outdoors, seek shelter in a basement, shelter or sturdy building. If you cannot quickly walk to a shelter:
    • Immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter.
    • If flying debris occurs while you are driving, pull over and park. Now you have the following options as a last resort:
      • Stay in your vehicle with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows, covering with your hands and a blanket if possible.
      • If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, exit your car, and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands.
Paul L. September 08, 2012 at 07:33 PM
My backyard gazebo was already torn to shreds by the high winds.
The Brock September 08, 2012 at 09:24 PM
They just emptied out the US Open in Flushing
Deedra Marie September 08, 2012 at 11:01 PM
<hmmm (when is a good time to start worrying????)
Pam Robinson September 08, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Deedra, when it sounds as if the LIRR is running right past your house (assuming it doesn't normally.) Seriously, very heavy rain followed sometimes by total, dead calm or fast shifting winds and clouds. Just some of the signs...


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