Cleanup Follows Two Tornadoes in NYC

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Residents of two New York neighborhoods are still cleaning up after two tornadoes touched down on Saturday hurling debris into the air and knocking out power.

The first twister hit Queens with winds of up to 70 miles per hour.

A second, stronger tornado touched down minutes later about 10 miles away in Brooklyn with winds reaching 110 miles per hour.

The National Weather Service had issued an advance notice of a tornado warning for Queens and Brooklyn at 10:40 a.m ET.

"Just 15 seconds of intense wind, white noise, things crashing all around me, and I go, 'Wow! It's a tornado,'" recalled Jim Brady, a property owner in Breezy Point, N.Y.

More than 1,100 customers lost power in New York City but fortunately, the tornadoes didn't cause any major injuries.

"Now is the cleanup I started early this morning," Brooklyn resident Melanie Brown said. "We are almost done. Thank God we are okay."

Tornadoes were once exceedingly rare in New York, but they have occurred with regularity in recent years.

About 60 twisters have touched down in New York City in the last half century.

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