An EF1 tornado touched down in the North Riverdale section of the Bronx Sunday, July 25, between 2:50 PM and 3 PM. The tornado touched down during a severe thunderstorm that pulled down power lines, knocked over dozens of trees, and damaged several cars and buildings. Seven people were injured during the storm.
Damage from the tornado extended from the Hebrew Home for the Aged on Palisades Avenue to the intersections of West 254th Street and Riverdale Avenue. The tornado reached around 100 miles per hour. After hitting the Bronx, the storm moved across the Long Island Sound into Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The tornado-producing storm caused power outages to thousands of homes in the Bronx as well as on Long Island.
Official record keeping of tornado activity in began in 1950. Since then, there have been six confirmed tornadoes in New York City. This is the second to land in the Bronx, after a twister was observed on September 2, 1974.
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