NEW YORK — On Saturday, a dark funnel descended in Queens, flooding nearby roads, mangling power lines and later forcing more than 20,000 spectators to be evacuated from the U.S. Open tennis tournament a few miles away.
It took only a few minutes for the 70-mph wind and roaring water to rip through walls and lift roofs off homes, while sending beach chairs flying and lifting kayaks out of the water.
Saturday’s second tornado hit Brooklyn’s Canarsie neighborhood, whipping up winds of 110 miles per hour over a half mile, snapping trees and house awnings and breaking windows.
On Sunday, power had been restored for the more than 1,100 customers in New York who had lost it.
No deaths or injuries were reported as a result of the twisters, coming from a storm system that brought damaging winds from Pennsylvania to upstate New York.