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NWS Confirms Tornado Hit Bronx Neighborhood

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According to the National Weather Service, it was indeed an EF-1 tornado that ripped through the Riverdale and Fieldston sections of the Bronx on Sunday. The tornado hit around 3 p.m., bringing fierce winds that topped 100 mph and leaving a swath of destruction in its wake.

About 2,300 residents in the Bronx spent Sunday night without electricity after hundreds of trees came down on power lines, cars and homes. One single family home, at 5027 Fieldston Road, had a tree collapse onto it after heavy rains and winds gusting to 65 miles an hour or greater struck in a very short time just after 3 p.m. Sunday. It left a hole in the roof of the home, and the homeowner told PIX 11 News that he was convinced a tornado caused the damage. Other residents passing by agreed.

"It came and went like nothing. 'Boom,' and it was gone," Fieldston resident Kevin Macalester told PIX 11 News. "I was at the window and I couldn't see anything. All I saw was water out of the window. It came in so quickly, I'd have to say it was a tornado," he said.

Diane Williams, a security guard at a Riverdale apartment complex, reported seeing one just before the trees started falling down around 3:00 yesterday afternoon. "I just ducked under the desk, pulled the chair in, and waited it out," she told PIX 11 News.

Over about a half square mile area of the Riverdale and Fieldston sections of the Bronx, tree branches were still down Monday morning. Even though streets and roads that had been shut down Sunday were cleared by Monday, it was still a challenge to navigate them, thanks to debris remaining in lanes of traffic. Fieldston Road looked like an obstacle course, with piles of fallen or cut down trees still on the roadway.

Meteorologists from the National Weather Service judged that the storm was a tornado after examining the damage. They found trees snapped off one-third to one-half of the way up their trunks, and found that there was a clear path of destruction where the tornado passed.

Despite the widespread wreckage, a spokesperson for the FDNY said that no significant human emergencies were reported.

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