Rare tornado hits New York City (PHOTOS)
Videos made by eyewitnesses showed a swirling air column moving towards the shore.
Lizann Maher, a worker at Kennedy's Restaurant at the edge of Jamaica Bay told AP that she saw a "swirling cone kind of thing with something flying in it" come down and then head back out into the water toward Brooklyn. "It was scary. We have all glass so we kept saying, `Get away from the glass!' just in case it did come back around."
Despite fears, the twister did not cause serious damage. Firefighters say the affected area appears to be small and no injuries have been reported so far.
However, officials warned of more storms and possible tornadoes in other parts of the northeastern US including New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.
Tornadoes are very rare for this region. The destructive weather phenomenon is typical for Midwestern states.
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