Officials say Long Island has been hit by four tornadoes in the past 24 hours. There were no reports of any injuries
A round of violent storms swept across Long Island on Sunday afternoon, dumping hail and unleashing thunderstorms and strong winds.
Officials say Long Island has been hit by four tornadoes in the past 24 hours, though none of the twisters made it past the agricultural areas or coastline.
Three tornadoes were reported Sunday afternoon in Melville, East Hampton and Calverton towns. The storm came with winds of more than 70mph and a period of half an hour of 35 mph wind gusts.
“It was a real rough evening here in NY,” Charlie D’Amato, a storm chaser who often studies the remnants of tornadoes, tweeted from his car in the area. “4 tornadoes caused major damages, some in rural areas. Large hail in parts of Suffolk County.”
East Hampton town supervisor Larry Cantwell said in a news conference that the homes in the most heavily damaged areas were in areas around the Ridgewood and Mamaroneck parks. They suffered roof and chimney damage as well as collapsed chimneys.
There were no reports of major injuries and no reports of structural damage to any nearby buildings, but storm damage remained relatively confined to areas close to the park. The East Hampton fire department’s damage survey is ongoing and officials have not completed their initial damage assessment.
“We have a lot of damage to remove. It’s going to take a few hours to get the final assessment,” Cantwell said. “After that, we are going to have an emergency shelter for displaced residents who have been displaced.”
The county’s public information officer, Emily Constant, said 60 to 70 homes sustained significant damage to roofs, chimneys and other parts of the home. “If they didn’t have walls, they are going to have to fix those,” she said.
Seventeen shelters were set up for displaced residents, though many chose to stay in their own homes. State and federal disaster relief officials were on their way to provide assistance, Constant said.
Not all areas of the county were hit by tornadoes, including Hamptons village.
“Not everyone in Hamptons would have been affected by it. Hamptons was not hit,” Constant said. “We have just one house that got significant damage. It was a large wooden home. The owner told us it’s a 100-year-old home and probably won’t be able to be rebuilt.”
The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for the East End of Long Island, indicating that multiple tornadoes were possible.
A separate tornado was spotted in Suffolk County early Sunday evening. The tornado was spotted near Rocky Point, according to the National Weather Service. A second tornado was spotted in the Rocky Point area, officials said.
A thunderstorm with winds of between 40 and 50mph churned through Suffolk County on Sunday afternoon, moving from East Hampton to Shelter Island. A tornado warning expired at 4:10pm, but a tornado watch was still in effect as heavy winds and large hail were reported in the Upton area.
A third storm cell swept through Nassau County around 9pm. After 5pm, Long Island College Hospital (LICH) announced that its ambulances would be delayed in responding to some emergency calls due to significant tree damage and downed wires.