Shocking footage shows a tornado crossing a Long Island highway on Saturday following a freak storm in New York that swept through the Big Apple and went East, bringing quarter-sized hail and 50 mph winds.
Severe storms brought thunder, heavy rains and hail that swept across the area Saturday afternoon and even triggered a tornado warning for Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island.
One person captured their surreal drive through a tornado that crossed the Sunrise Highway just after 3:30 p.m
DailyMail.com also captured exclusive footage of clouds rotating trying to form a tornado from Sandpsit Marina, on the Great South Bay in Patchogue.
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A driver captured his surreal drive where a tornado crossed a Long Island highway leaving behind debris during a freak storm on Saturday
A large tree downed smashes the windshield and smashes through the center of a parked SUV on Saturday
An onlooker assesses the damage to an SUV badly damaged by a downed tree in Long Island
A strip mall in Shirley, Long Island was totally wrecked by Saturday’s storm, leaving debris all over the parking lot
The front of a store is totally unrecognizable after storm winds rip off the sign and badly damage the ceiling of a business
Debris fills up the parking lot of a Shirley strip mall in the aftermath of a powerful storm that had wind gusts of up to 50 mph
Downed trees lay on the ground after strong winds of up to 50 mph tore through parts of Long Island causing destruction
A Chipotle sign is blown away after a severe storm made its way through parts of Long Island, causing damage to structures and businesses
A car in the parking lot of a strip mall is covered in caution tape as a car cover appears to have been blown off due to strong winds
Large pieces of hail are pictured scattered around someone’s porch in Elm Park, Staten Island on Saturday
Tree branches fall on the streets of Lynbrook in Long Island following Saturday’s tornado
The driver can be heard yelling ‘we’re in a tornado, oh my God we’re in it!’ as he drives through while rain falls and the vehicle passes by the debris left behind.
While there have been no reported injuries, residents have taken to social media to shared the aftermath of the tornado, which includes pictures of downed trees that slammed into homes and downed powerlines.
Images also show entirely uprooted trees that landed on parked vehicles, badly damaged businesses and even a small plane flipped over in Long Island.
Levittown resident Ann Pizaro told CBS2News that the suspected tornado was the worst weather her neighborhood had seen since 2012’s hurricane Sandy.
Pizaro said Saturday’s storm knocked over three trees, and that one tree that smashed into her neighbor’s car, also crashed into her yard.
‘It was just a loud boom and the car alarms, and it was just all three trees fell at once,’ she said. ‘Since Sandy, nothing like this … With shingles blown off the roof and trees down, they snapped. I’m calling it a tornado.’
Two port-a-potties were tipped over by the severe storm that had wind gusts of up to 50 mph in Long Island
Leaves scattered across a Long Island neighborhood as strong winds and rains caused damage
A large tree in a front lawn in Bellport completely tips over and after being uprooted and crashes into powerlines
Gerardo’s Pizza & Pasta in Shirley, Long Island, was forced to close after the severe storm damaged the restaurant
Downed powerlines pictured in Lynbrook following the strong storm on Saturday
A bolt of lightning hits the spire of One World Trade Center as dark thunderstorm clouds pass over the Manhattan skyline before a storm
A storm map traced two separate possible tornadoes that potentially merged over Long Island
Mayor Bill de Blasio warned New Yorkers who were outside on Saturday afternoon to exercise caution during the severe storm
A tornado warning was issued Saturday afternoon that also warned of quarter-sized hail
In Staten Island, residents shared photos of huge pieces of hail that landed on their porch.
In Manhattan incredible images captured the exact moment bright lightning appeared to perfectly strike the One World Trade Center as the city braved intense thunderstorms through the afternoon.
Prior to the severe storm touching down, videos captured ominous grey skies with spinning clouds overhead.
The severe weather affected more than 11,000 customers of the utility PSEG on Long Island and by 6:30 p.m., 355 customers had active outages.
Strong wind gusts of up to 50 mph also caused heavy damage in Metro New York, knocking down a tree that blocked traffic on the Long Island Expressway and on subway tracks in Brooklyn and Queens, the New York Post reported.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a warning for New Yorkers to take precautions prior to the storm.
‘It’s a beautiful day in New York City but we could see some strong rain, wind gusts up to 40 MPH and even hail between the 2 – 4 PM,’ he tweeted. ‘Use public transportation and exercise caution if you’re outside during those hours.’
The cloudy skies turned into a colorful scape, pictured, after severe storms brought hail and heavy rains that swept across Long Island
A rainbow can be seen during sunset on Saturday afternoon in Bellport, after a powerful storm swept through the area
A possible tornado loomed large over Bellport, Long Island, on Saturday after a warning for Nassau and Suffolk counties was issued
Cloudy skies pictured in Bellport following the strong storm that passed through on Saturday
Clouds fill up the skies following the powerful storm that caused damage all over the Metro New York City area and parts of Long Island