Tornadoes tore through New York City Saturday morning, and one briefly touched down near Coney Island in Brooklyn. Another twister in nearby Queens, meanwhile, prompted officials to stop play at the U.S. Open, pushing back the finals between Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams.
Yes, it's a major inconvenience for everyone to wait until Sunday to watch the contest between Williams and Azarenko, but the most important thing is people's safety.
Thankfully, the overall damage from the strange storms was fairly minimal, compared to what happens with twisters in other parts of the country. It will probably take a couple of days for the city to assess the overall damage from the tornado. There are many very high-quality photos and videos of the funnel clouds online. You can view a few of them here.
The crazy weather must have been shocking for New York City residents, who aren't exactly accustomed to seeing twisters touch down in their neighborhood. People who live in the Midwest, in Tornado Alley, are much better prepared for this type of violent weather.
Stormy conditions were also reported across the Northeast Saturday, in places such as upstate New York and Connecticut.