Tornados struck Westchester County, Ronkonkoma, Stony Point Tuesday night: weather service


RONKONKOMA, NY — Three weak tornados struck parts of New York Tuesday evening, the National Weather Service confirmed Wednesday.

The largest of the tornados was in Westchester County's New Castle area, where an EF1 tornado with maximum wind speeds of 110 mph and a width of 300 yards uprooted trees and damaged some roofs in its 3.75-mile path. It lasted from 4:47 and 4:56 p.m.

Shortly before, another EF1 tornado touched down in Stony Point between 4:10 and 4:15 p.m., with winds reaching 100 mph. The tornado had an estimated path length of a mile and was about 100 yards wide.

Numerous trees were also uprooted and downed as a result.

Officials said the tornado began in Harriman State Park, west of the Palisades Interstate Parkway and Gate Hill Road and ended near Wilderness Drive in Stony Point.

The weakest of the tornados hit Ronkonkoma between 11:20 and 11:22 p.m. Tuesday. The EF0 tornado had estimated wind speeds of 85 mph, with a path width of 200 yards and length of 400 yards.

Damage was predominately confined to Iroquois, Seneca and Ontario streets, along Mohican Avenue, officials added.

There were no reported injuries as a result of any of the tornados.

Unlike Tuesday evening, Wednesday was nice as a high pressure briefly slid into the region. Temperatures remained well above normal with highs in the upper 70s.

The warm trend continues Thursday. Temperatures could climb toward 80 degrees during the afternoon, before a cold front slides in late in the day. A passing thunderstorm is possible, but the severity is unclear at this point.