WASHINGTON (AP) — A line of storms has been hammering through the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast with damaging winds, hail and heavy rain, and there have been several reports of tornadoes.
The National Weather Service has confirmed that two tornadoes struck the outer edges of New York City, one hitting a beachfront neighborhood and the second, stronger twister striking moments later about 10 miles away. The powerful winds hurled debris into the air and knocked out power, but no serious injuries have been reported.
The weather service is also checking out reports of two possible tornadoes in the Washington, D.C., area. Meteorologist Andy Woodcock says funnel clouds were reported in Fairfax County, Va., and in Prince George's County, Md.
Downed trees and power lines have knocked out power to hundreds of thousands across the region.
203-a-13-(Mark Brady, spokesman, Prince George's County Fire/EMS, in AP interview)-"Place Arena occurred"-Mark Brady, the spokesman for Prince George's County Fire and EMS, says attendees at the Prince George's County Fair had only a few minutes to leave the outdoor venue and enter the Show Place Arena. (8 Sep 2012)
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201-a-13-(Mark Brady, spokesman, Prince George's County Fire/EMS, in AP interview)-"we transported them"-Mark Brady, the spokesman for Prince George's County Fire and EMS, says 12 people were injured while trying to leave a county fair and seek shelter inside an arena, during the storm. (8 Sep 2012)
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202-a-11-(Mark Brady, spokesman, Prince George's County Fire/EMS, in AP interview)-"and were injured"-Mark Brady, the spokesman for Prince George's County Fire and EMS, says they had to help fairgoers who were hurt when the crowd made a panicked rush to take shelter from the storm at the adjacent Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro. (8 Sep 2012)
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173-a-13-(Bob O'Hara, resident, Breezy Point, New York, in AP interview)-"52 years old"-Breezy Point resident Bob O'Hara says he lost a lot in the tornado including part of his cabana. ((longer version of cut used in wrap)) (8 Sep 2012)
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APPHOTO NY210: This photo provided by Joey Mure, shows a storm cloud over the Breezy Point area of Queens section of New York, on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. A Fire Department spokesman said there were power lines down and possibly other damage in the Point Breeze section of the Rockaway peninsula in Queens. The general manager of the Breezy Point Surf Club tells the Associated Press the storm ripped up cabanas and even picked up industrial-sized metal trash bins. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Queens and Brooklyn as a line of strong thunderstorms moved through the city. The service said radar detected a "strong rotation" in the storm, but there was no immediate confirmation that a twister actually formed. (AP Photo/Joey Mure) (8 Sep 2012)
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APPHOTO NY115: In this photo provided by Gothamist, dark clouds loom over the skyline, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in New York. Two tornadoes struck New York City on Saturday, one swept out of the sea and hit a beachfront neighborhood and the second, stronger twister hit moments later, hurling debris in the air, knocking out power and startling residents who once thought of twisters as a Midwestern phenomenon. (AP Photo/Gothamist, Jake Dobkin) MANDATORY CREDIT (8 Sep 2012)
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APPHOTO NY114: Storm clouds loom over MetLife Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J., during an NCAA college football game between Southern California and Syracuse. Because of the hard rain and winds, the game was halted for more than an hour. (AP Photo/Ralph D. Russo) (8 Sep 2012)
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