Tornado Discussion and Pictures

Public Information Statement
1054 PM EDT
Wed Jul 18 2007

...National Weather Service meteorologists confirm EF1 tornado touchdown in Islip Terrace in Suffolk County...

National Weather Service meteorologists investigating storm damage in the Islip Terrace area with Islip emergency management officials have confirmed that tornadic damage has occurred in the area.

The tornado path was discontinuous and started in the town of Islip Terrace sometime between 9:20 am and 9:30 am near the intersection of irish Lane and the north service Road of Sunrise Highway. It then continued about two-thirds of a mile to the eastnortheast across Carleton Avenue...across Roslyn and Nassau streets and ended at Nassau and Kunigunda Place. The path was narrow at first...only around 50 yards across near the intersection of irish Lane and the north service Road of Sunrise Highway but fanned out to 150 yards toward the end.

Most of the damage was to Hardwood trees. Twisted off branches were evident throughout the damage path. Some trees were snapped off halfway up...including some healthy...forty-plus foot pines.

In addition...the medical arts building at Irish Lane and Sunrise Highway sustained structural damage...with significant loss of its roof covering and the hvac unit blown off its roof. Other homes along the damage path also sustained some minor damage mostly to siding and some directly from trees.

Based on the damage this tornado is classified as an EF-1 tornado with estimated wind speeds of 85 to 100 mph.

The National Weather Service had issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for this storm at 849 am that was upgraded to a Tornado Warning at 919 am. The tornado occurred in the Islip Terrace area around the time the Tornado Warning was issued.

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