Two tornadoes touched down at the edge of New York City on Saturday. No serious injuries were reported.
Once exceedingly rare in New York, tornadoes have occurred with regularity in recent years. A small tornado uprooted trees on Long Island last month.
In 2011, a fast-moving storm during the city's evening rush hour spawned two destructive tornadoes and a fierce macroburst with wind speeds up to 125 mph that barreled across the city's Brooklyn and Queens sections. A woman in a car who had just swapped seats with her husband was killed.
A September storm in 2010 spawned two tornadoes that knocked down thousands of trees and blew off a few rooftops in Brooklyn and Queens. A small tornado struck the same year in the Bronx. In 2007, a more powerful tornado damaged homes in Brooklyn and Staten Island.
Other major cities hit by tornadoes in recent years include:
—Dallas/Fort Worth, 2012. A series of tornadoes from two storm systems crumpled a wing of a nursing home and peeled roofs from dozens of homes as they skipped across one of the country's biggest metro areas. More than a dozen people were injured.
—Atlanta, 2008. A tornado with winds up to 130 mph cut a 6-mile path through the downtown, blowing windows out of skyscrapers and injuring dozens. The storm shattered windows in the CNN.com newsroom and the network's library. The Southeastern Conference basketball tournament was moved from the Georgia Dome to the Georgia Tech campus.
—Fort Worth, 2000. At least two tornadoes touched down on one day in Tarrant County, one in downtown Fort Worth. Five people were killed and more than 100 injured.
—Salt Lake City, 1999. A tornado swept through downtown just seven minutes after forecasters issued a severe thunderstorm watch and damaged the roofs of the city's NBA arena and its convention center. At least one person was killed and about 100 people were injured.
—Miami, 1997. A tornado steamed past Miami's high-rise condominiums, smashing windows and damaging roofs and cars in a 2-mile path as people scrambled for cover. Five people were injured, including a woman who suffered a heart attack.
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In this photo provided by Cathy Pasquariello, a storm cloud approaches Ocean City, Md. on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011. The National Weather Service is looking into reports of a tornado in Ocean City. Rick Curry, NWS observation program leader in Wakefield, Va., says there have been unconfirmed reports of a tornado and wind damage near 75th Street on Thursday afternoon. He says a storm was moving through the area at the time. Fire department spokesman Ryan Whittington says buildings and multiple vehicles were damaged in the 75th Street area, but no major injuries were reported. He says town officials are working with NWS to determine what kind of weather event caused the damage. (AP Photo/Cathy Pasquariello)
Alabama Severe Weather
A funnel cloud appears in the distance in Level Plains, Ala., near U.S. Highway 84 and Dale County Road 1, Sunday, June 10, 2012. The area was under a tornado warning until 12:15 p.m. There is no official word of any injuries. (AP Photo/Dothan Eagle, Max Oden)
In this photo provided by Gothamist, dark clouds loom over the skyline, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in New York. Two tornadoes struck New York City on Saturday, one swept out of the sea and hit a beachfront neighborhood and the second, stronger twister hit moments later, hurling debris in the air, knocking out power and startling residents who once thought of twisters as a Midwestern phenomenon. (AP Photo/Gothamist, Jake Dobkin) MANDATORY CREDIT
This photo provided by Joey Mure, shows a storm cloud over the Breezy Point area of Queens section of New York, on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. A Fire Department spokesman said there were power lines down and possibly other damage in the Point Breeze section of the Rockaway peninsula in Queens. The general manager of the Breezy Point Surf Club tells the Associated Press the storm ripped up cabanas and even picked up industrial-sized metal trash bins. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Queens and Brooklyn as a line of strong thunderstorms moved through the city. The service said radar detected a "strong rotation" in the storm, but there was no immediate confirmation that a twister actually formed. (AP Photo/Joey Mure)
Storm clouds move over west of Palmyra, Ind.,, Friday, Mar. 2, 2012 Powerful storms stretching from the U.S. Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes in the north wrecked two small towns, killed at least three people and bred anxiety across a wide swath of the country on Friday, in the second deadly tornado outbreak this week. (AP Photo/The Courier-Journal,David Lee Hartlage) MAGS OUT; NO ARCHIVE; MANDATORY CREDIT
This photo provided by Michael Abrams, shows a storm cloud over the Breezy Point area of Queens section of New York, on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. A Fire Department spokesman said there were power lines down and possibly other damage in the Point Breeze section of the Rockaway peninsula in Queens. The general manager of the Breezy Point Surf Club tells the Associated Press the storm ripped up cabanas and even picked up industrial-sized metal trash bins. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Queens and Brooklyn as a line of strong thunderstorms moved through the city. The service said radar detected a "strong rotation" in the storm, but there was no immediate confirmation that a twister actually formed. (AP Photo/Michael Abrams) MANDATORY CREDIT
Texas Tornado Weather
Threatening clouds continue to move through southern Tarrant and Dallas counties after a tornado swept through Lancaster, Texas on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. Tornadoes tore through the Dallas area Tuesday, peeling roofs off homes, tossing big-rig trucks into the air and leaving flattened tractor trailers strewn along highways and parking lots. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ron Ennis) MAGS OUT
Lightning streaks across the sky in Tyler, Texas as a powerful line of thunderstorms, several spawning tornados moved across Texas, Tuesday evening, April 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Dr. Scott M. Lieberman)
A Thursday, June 7, 2012 photo provided by Andrew Kniss shows a funnel cloud, seen from Kniss's car on Highway 34, near Wheatland, Wyoming. The rare quarter-mile-wide tornado cut a swath across mainly open country in southeastern Wyoming, damaging homes, derailing empty train cars and leaving one person with minor injuries, officials said. The twister was part of a powerful storm system that rolled through parts of Colorado and Wyoming Thursday afternoon and evening, packing heavy rains, high winds and hail. (AP Photo/Andrew Kniss)
A funnel cloud dips down from the clouds on Saturday, April 14, 2012, just southwest of Otis, Kansas as severe thunderstorms roll across Kansas. The funnel touched down briefly before the storm weakened. Supercell thunderstorms spawned numerous tornadoes in Kansas on Saturday. (AP Photo/The Hays Daily News, Steven Hausler)
A funnel cloud begins to form over the Canebrake Subdivision of Athens, Ala., Friday, March 2, 2012. Homes were damaged and utilities were interrupted when several suspected tornadoes struck Limestone County Friday morning. (AP Photo/Chris Simmons, Athens Fire and Rescue Dept.)
A funnel cloud is seen, Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, near Tipton, Okla. Officials say an agriculture office was destroyed and other buildings damaged as tornadoes touched down in southwestern Oklahoma Monday. Tornadoes are most prevalent in Oklahoma in the spring, but the state has a secondary severe weather season in autumn. (AP Photo/The Frederick Leader, Jennifer Grice) MANDATORY CREDIT
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Check out this amazing video of a tornado touching down in Northern California. The twister hit on Tuesday in Tehama County, just south of Redding, bringing lightning and large hail. The tornado reportedly tore the roof off one home. There were reports of two other tornadoes — one in Richfield, and the other east of the I-5 between Corning and Red Bluff. Fortunately, the extreme weather is not being blamed for any injuries.