Tornadoes Touch Down in Queens and Brooklyn

By Jess WisloskiAidan Gardiner and Natalie Musumeci  on September 8, 2012 11:59am  | Updated on September 8, 2012 9:59pm

NEW YORK CITY — A pair of tornadoes touched down in Queens and Brooklyn Saturday morning, ripping roofs from homes and scattering debris around two seaside neighborhoods.

A gigantic funnel cloud was spotted in Breezy Point, Queens and later Canarsie, Brooklyn late in the morning Saturday, sending amateur weather photographers snapping away at the terrifying sight.

According to the Daily News, the first twister struck in Queens just before 11 a.m. with winds of 70 mph.

During the 15 seconds it was on the ground, it tore into the Breezy Point Surf Club and scattered debris, according to the report.

One YouTube video captured the storm swiftly striking what the the club.

Minutes later, another, stronger tornado touched down in Canarsie, this time with winds of 110 mph, the News said.

The 150-foot-wide funnel cloud tore the roof off at least one home and snapped tree branches, according to the paper.

The chaotic weather, ahead of a massive cold front, delayed the semi-final U.S. Open match between Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych at Flushing Meadows.

Flights were delayed at LaGuardia Airport for more than an hour.

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