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New York/Canadian-Media: The New York metro area was rattled by a series of rare tornado warnings due to heavy rain, hail and powerful wind in parts of Long Island, New York City and New Jersey on Saturday, the National Weather Service reported.
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According to officials on Long Island, where most of the warnings were posted, no injuries were reported as a result of the fast-moving storm.
Although a tornado warning was issued by the National Weather Service shortly before 3 p.m. for parts of the two counties, including Commack, Levittown and Melville, it could not confirm that a tornado had struck the region until it assessed the damage.
Gusts like these were common at this time of year, said Dominic Ramunni, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service on Long Island, as more cold fronts make their way through the East Coast. Winds were reported to be gusting up to 60 miles per hour.
About 11,000 customers of the utility PSEG on Long Island were reported to be without power around 5 p.m. There were also disruptions to flights at Kennedy International Airport with some minor delays and diversions of flights to other locations.