Shocking footage shows a tornado crossing Long Island Highway on Saturday after a strange storm in New York City that swept through the Big Apple and went east, bringing quarter-size hail and 50 mph winds.
Severe storms brought thunder, heavy rain and hail that swept through the area on Saturday afternoon and even triggered a tornado warning for Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island.
One person caught his surreal drive through a tornado that crossed the Sunrise Highway just after 3:30 p.m.
DailyMail.com also captured exclusive footage of clouds spinning while trying to form a tornado from Sandpsit Marina, on the Great South Bay in Patchogue.
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A driver caught his surreal drive where a tornado crossed Long Island highway leaving debris behind during a strange storm on Saturday.
A large fallen tree shatters the windshield and passes through the center of a parked sports van on Saturday.
A viewer assesses the damage to a SUV heavily damaged by a felled tree on Long Island
A strip mall in Shirley, Long Island was completely ruined by Saturday’s storm, leaving debris all over the parking lot.
The front of a store is completely unrecognizable after storm winds tear off the shield and badly damage the ceiling of a business.
Debris fills the parking lot of Shirley strip mall in the aftermath of a powerful storm that had gusty winds of up to 50 mph.
Fallen trees lay on the ground after strong winds of up to 50 mph blew through parts of Long Island causing destruction.
Chipotle sign is blown away after a severe storm swept through parts of Long Island, causing damage to structures and businesses.
A car in the parking lot of a strip mall is covered with caution tape because a car cover appears to have been blown away by strong winds.
Large chunks of hail are pictured scattered around someone’s porch in Elm Park, Staten Island on Saturday
Tree branches fall on the streets of Lynbrook on Long Island after Saturday’s tornado
The driver can be heard shouting ‘we’re in a tornado, oh my God, we’re in it!’ as he drives through while rain is falling and the vehicle passes by the debris left behind.
Although no injuries were reported, residents contacted social media to share the aftermath of the tornado, which includes images of fallen trees hitting homes and downed power lines.
Pictures also show completely uprooted trees that landed on parked vehicles, heavily damaged businesses and even a plane capsized on Long Island.
Levittown resident Ann Pizarro told CBS2News that the apparent tornado was the worst weather her neighborhood had seen since Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Pizarro said Saturday’s storm knocked down three trees, and that one tree that crashed her neighbor’s car also smashed her yard.
‘It was just loud noise and the car alarms, and only all three trees fell at once,’ she said. – Since Sandy, nothing like that … With a roof blown off the roof and trees down, they clicked. I call it a tornado. ‘
Two port pots were overturned by the severe storm that had gusty winds of up to 50 mph on Long Island.
Leaves scattered across Long Island neighborhood as strong winds and rains caused damage
A large tree in a front lawn in Bellport completely overturns and after being uprooted and hits against power lines.
Gerardo’s Pizza & Pasta in Shirley, Long Island, was forced to close after the severe storm damaged the restaurant.
Dropped power lines pictured in Lynbrook after the strong storm on Saturday
Lightning hits the spire of One World Trade Center as dark thunderstorm clouds pass over the Manhattan skyline before a storm.
A storm map tracked two separate possible tornadoes that may have merged over Long Island
Mayor Bill de Blasio warned New Yorkers who were out on Saturday afternoon to be cautious during the severe storm.
A tornado warning was issued Saturday afternoon that also warned of a quarter-size hailstorm
On Staten Island, residents shared photos of huge pieces of hail that landed on their porch.
In Manhattan, incredible footage captured the precise moment when bright lightning seemed to perfectly hit the First World Trade Center as the city ventured intense thunderstorms during the afternoon.
Before the severe storm touched down, videos captured an ominous gray sky with swirling clouds above.
The severe weather affected more than 11,000 customers of the PSEG service on Long Island and by 6:30 pm, 355 customers had active outages.
Strong wind gusts of up to 50 mph also caused significant damage on New York City’s subway, dropping a tree that blocked traffic on the Long Island Expressway and on subway tracks in Brooklyn and Queens, the New York Post reported.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has issued a warning for New Yorkers to take precautions ahead of the storm.
“It’s a beautiful day in New York City, but we could see heavy rain, gusts up to 40 MPH and even hail between 2 a.m. and 4 p.m.,” he tweeted. ‘Use public transportation and be careful if you’re out during those hours.’
The cloudy sky became a colorful landscape, pictured, after severe storms brought hail and heavy rains that swept across Long Island.
A rainbow can be seen during sunset on Saturday afternoon in Bellport, after a powerful storm swept through the area.
A possible tornado threatened large over Bellport, Long Island, on Saturday after a warning for Nassau and Suffolk counties was issued.
Cloudy skies pictured in Bellport after the strong storm that passed through on Saturday
Clouds fill the skies after the powerful storm that caused damage throughout the Metro New York area and parts of Long Island.