That violent thunderstorm that knocked New York’s subways and trains out yesterday was confirmed as a tornado that touched down in Brooklyn and Staten Island. This is the first such tornado in Brooklyn since records started being kept this century, giving the Coney Island Cyclone some new bragging rights. Prior to official record keeping, one was reported in Brooklyn the late 1800s.
Amazingly, no one was killed.
Right in Bay Ridge – Tracks the twister
New York Daily News: Brooklyn Becomes Tornado Alley
Newsday: A Brooklyn Tornado Is A Rarity
New York Times: Chronicling a Day of Chaos