NEW YORK — A tornado warning was issued for parts of Queens, the Bronx and Long Island on Thursday night and was canceled after about 25 minutes.
Doppler Radar indicated a thunderstorm that was moving across northern Queens had some rotation. That signature was strong enough for the National Weather Service to issue the Tornado warning at 10:20 p.m.
They canceled the warning for northeast Queens and southeast Bronx shortly after 10:30 p.m., but the warning was still in effect for Hicksville, Glen Cove and Garden City. The warning for those areas was in effect until 11:45 p.m.
Hail was a possibility. People in the region could see heavy rain and strong wind.
That warning means residents should take action: seek shelter in a sturdy building, or go to a basement or interior room away from windows, according to the National Weather Service.
The area of concern that prompted the warning was around the Whitestone to Throgs Neck area.
Through the night and into Friday, authorities will assess the damage done by the thunderstorm and if necessary, officials from the National Weather Service will survey the region to determine if indeed a tornado caused the damage.
The National Weather Service looks to see how the damage was laid out. If there is a twisted look to where all the debris was laid out, then a tornado will be confirmed and indicate how strong it was. Otherwise, if all the damage was laid out in one direction, then it could be from a microburst that gives straight line winds.