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Tornado Warning Today in Suffolk County; Tornado Watch in Effect Until 11PM

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By Daniel Blake, Christian Post Contributor
September 18, 2012|10:59 pm

A tornado warning has been issued for southwestern Suffolk County by the National Weather Service on Tuesday evening.

According to weather experts there could potentially be tornadoes in Suffolk and Nassau counties. The tornado warning is in effect until 10 p.m. Tuesday, and a further tornado watch will remain in effect until 11 p.m. ET.

Over Tuesday afternoon powerful winds have hit the north east coast of the United States, and heavy rainfall has been seen in many areas.

It has been reported that as of 9 p.m. the Long Island Power Authority says over 13,000 customers are without power, mostly in Hempstead and Oyster Bay in Nassau County.

Extensive rainfall has also caused havoc, and police have reported that flooding closed down Northern Boulevard in both directions at Manhasset Woods Road.

The latest tornado warnings come soon after two tornadoes hit the New York region at the beginning of the month. At the start of September severe storms ripped through the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, including two tornadoes that touched down in New York City, hurling debris in the air and causing flooding, power outages, as well as at one point delaying the United States Open tennis tournament.

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A tornado with winds of about 70 mph struck the beachfront in Rockaway in Queens, followed by another one with a speed of 110 mph that touched down in Canarsie, Brooklyn, 10 minutes later, as part of a series of outbursts of severe weather across the New York region, according to the National Weather Service.

The storms affected residents across New York state. Strong winds blew off roofing of some buildings, throwing bricks into the street in Buffalo, The Associated Press reported.

The storms forced organizers to delay the start of the US Open and postpone the men's and women's singles finals for a day later The harsh weather also caused widespread power outages in the tri-state area, Virginia, and other states along the East Coast.

About 1,100 residents lost power in New York City, and more than 10,500 customers had no electricity in other parts of the region, including in East in Warren County and the Hudson Valley.

In northern New Jersey, storms dumped hail and rain and caused power outages affecting more than 17,000 customers.

Massachusetts, western Connecticut and parts of New Hampshire were also hit by storms with winds reaching up to 60 mph and flooding roads. About 4,000 power outages were reported in New Hampshire.

 

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