A tornado touched down near New York. On Friday, June 14, 2024, parts of New York and the Tri-State area suffered severe thunderstorms and weather.

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How Are Tornados Classified?

Similar to hurricanes, tornados have their own classification system, which is based on their intensity. According to the National Weather Service,

EF0, EF1 (Weak) - Wind speeds of 65 to 110 mph
EF2, EF3 (Strong) - Wind speeds of 111 to 165 mph
EF4, EF5 (Violent) - Wind speeds of 166 to 200 mph or more

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Tornados can vary in their width and wind speeds. The NWS says the best practices during a tornado are:

- Find an underground shelter, such as a basement or safe room
- If no underground shelter is available, find a small interior room without windows on the lowest level of a sturdy building
- Protect your head by covering it with your arms, a mattress or a heavy blanket
- Avoid rooms or areas with windows

Tornado Touches Down Not Far From New York State

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On Friday, when the tri-state area was experiencing severe weather, an EF-0 landspout tornado made landfall in Lawrence Township, which is located in Mercer County New Jersey, about an hour southwest of New York City. The twister formed around 6 pm, according to TomsRiver.org. It started near Johnson Road and Brunswick Avenue. Minor damage, including the uprooting of trees, occurred.

"Our storm damage assessment has confirmed an EF-0 landspout tornado occurred in Lawrence Township, Mercer County, NJ on Friday evening. The landspout downed several trees and flipped over a few vehicles in a post office parking lot. See the linked survey summary for additional details."

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The 5 Deadliest Tornados In New York State History

Here is a look at the 5 deadliest tornados in New York's history since 1950 according to NewYorkDataBases.com

Gallery Credit: Dave Fields

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