First Tornado in 36 Years Hits Bronx

July 27, 2010; 9:49 AM
Share |
Play video A severe thunderstorm strikes New York City Sunday, July 25, 2010. This was the same storm that produced the rare tornado. Video by Facebook.com/AccuWeather Fan Jose Diaz.

The myth that tornadoes do not hit cities was proven false on Sunday when a rare tornado touched down in the Bronx Sunday afternoon.

On Monday, it was classified as an EF-1 tornado, packing winds of about 100 mph.

The tornado, which sprang from thunderstorm activity in the region, moved along the eastern shore of the Hudson River just before 3 p.m. on Sunday and was estimated to be on the ground for 10 minutes.

For more than half a mile, the twister cut a swath more than 100 yards wide in some places.

There were reports of 7 injuries.

This is only the second tornado to impact the Bronx in the past 60 years. The first was reported on Sept. 2, 1974.

The tornado touched down near the Hebrew Home for the Aged at 5901 Palisades Ave. and moved southeast to the intersection of Riverdale Avenue and 254th Street.

Most of the damage appeared to be downed trees and power lines, though some buildings also received damages.

The last tornado to affect New York City was in 2006.


A radar image from the storm that produced a tornado in the Bronx Sunday.

Related to the story:

The WeatherMatrix Blog With Jesse Ferrell

Comments

Comments left here should adhere to the AccuWeather.com Community Guidelines. Profanity, personal attacks, and spam will not be tolerated.

More Weather News

  • Death Toll Rises From Hiroshima Landslide

    August 20, 2014; 4:37 PM ET

    Rescue efforts are underway in Hiroshima, Japan, after several landslides buried people and caused severe damage on Wednesday morning, local time.

Loading...

Daily U.S. Extremes

past 24 hours

  Extreme Location
High N/A
Low N/A
Precip N/A

WeatherWhys®

This Day In Weather History

Tallageda, AL (1980)
At the airport, a tornado hit, overturning 6 planes and destroying 3 of them. The airport's hangars also sustained damage.

Salt Lake City, UT (1986)
Heavy rain in the Wasatch Mountains causes urban flooding. At least two feet of water covered the eastern part of the city.

Cutbank, MT (1992)
Temperature drops from 87 degrees to 49 degrees in 8 hours.