National Weather Service confirms a tornado struck East Islip


A narrow tornado with a width of 50 yards rolled through East Islip Saturday, the National Weather Service announced today.

The National Weather Service had issued a tornado warning for Nassau and Suffolk counties Saturday afternoon ahead of the 50-plus mph winds that rocked parts of the island.

After the storm, the NWS confirmed a tornado had touched down in Woodmere in Nassau County, and just now they confirmed one formed in East Islip, too.

Here’s the path the torando ran through in East Islip, according to the NWS:

“[It] likely touched down at the southwestern end of Hollins Lane, and the continued northeast over Brushwood Court, Bayview Avenue, Josephine Lane and then finally over Kay Court, before lifting over the John F. Kennedy Elementary School sports fields.”

The meteorologists estimate the tornado ran through this path, about 900 yards, between 3:20 p.m. and 3:22 p.m.

The max wind speed was up to 85 mph, reads NWS’ report.

Listen to the sounds of the wind in the video below, taken off Irish Lane in East Islip.

The weather service is still looking into other areas that could’ve seen one, too, such as the Shirley area, which was hit hard.

Continue following for more updates on the storm coverage.