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First Tornado in 36 Years Hits Bronx

By Kirstie Hettinga, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
July 27, 2010, 9:12:04 AM EDT

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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.

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