Sep 8, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A pair of powerful, funnel-shaped clouds landed in New York City on Saturday. At first, nobody was really sure what to call them.
At about 1 p.m., the National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado touched down, according to the Associated Press, in Breezy Point, Queens. However, by 2 p.m., the NWS appeared to be walking back from that statement, with a spokesman saying instead that “tornado” designation wouldn’t necessarily become official until the site was inspected.
But at roughly 3:30 p.m., the NWS confirmed that it was in fact a tornado — an EF-0 twister, the weakest kind, reaching top wind speeds up to 85 mph.