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September 8, 2012
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Cabana owner Bill Ryan looks into other roofless cabanas at the Breezy Point Surf Club in the Queens borough of New York, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, after a severe weather storm passed through the area. A tornado swept out of the sea and hit the beachfront neighborhood in New York City, hurling debris in the air, knocking out power and startling residents who once thought of twisters as a Midwestern phenomenon. Firefighters were still assessing the damage, but no serious injuries were reported and the area affected by the storm appeared small.

Kathy Willens photo

A pile of debris, including a gas barbecue and propane tank, lie in the sand in front of cabanas at the Breezy Point Surf Club which was damaged by a possible tornado during severe weather in New York, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. A tornado swept out of the sea and hit the beachfront neighborhood in New York City, hurling debris in the air, knocking out power and startling residents who once thought of twisters as a Midwestern phenomenon. Firefighters were still assessing the damage, but no serious injuries were reported and the area affected by the storm appeared small.

Kathy Willens photo

Cabana owner Bill Ryan looks into other roofless cabanas at the Breezy Point Surf Club in New York, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, after a possible tornado touched down in the area during severe weather. Ryan’s cabana also lost it’s roof in the storm. A tornado swept out of the sea and hit the beachfront neighborhood in New York City, hurling debris in the air, knocking out power and startling residents who once thought of twisters as a Midwestern phenomenon. Firefighters were still assessing the damage, but no serious injuries were reported and the area affected by the storm appeared small.

Kathy Willens photo

Overcome with emotion, cabana owner Janet Ryan sits on the porch at the Breezy Point Surf Club in the Queens borough of New York, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, after her cabana sustained damage when a severe weather storm passed through the area. A tornado swept out of the sea and hit the beachfront neighborhood in New York City, hurling debris in the air, knocking out power and startling residents who once thought of twisters as a Midwestern phenomenon. Firefighters were still assessing the damage, but no serious injuries were reported and the area affected by the storm appeared small.

Kathy Willens photo

Denny Fallon pauses for a drink while cleaning up debris following a possible tornado that tore the roof off his cabana at the Breezy Point Surf Club in the Queens section of in New York, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. A tornado swept out of the sea and hit the beachfront neighborhood in New York City, hurling debris in the air, knocking out power and startling residents who once thought of twisters as a Midwestern phenomenon. Firefighters were still assessing the damage, but no serious injuries were reported and the area affected by the storm appeared small.

Kathy Willens photo

Bill Ryan watches as his wife Janet hangs up a picture in front of their roofless cabana at the Breezy Point Surf Club in the Queens section of New York, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, after severe weather passed the area. A tornado swept out of the sea and hit the beachfront neighborhood in New York City, hurling debris in the air, knocking out power and startling residents who once thought of twisters as a Midwestern phenomenon. Firefighters were still assessing the damage, but no serious injuries were reported and the area affected by the storm appeared small.