WASHINGTON (AP) -- A line of storms has been hammering through the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast with damaging winds, hail and heavy rain, and there have been several reports of tornadoes.
The National Weather Service has confirmed that two tornadoes struck the outer edges of New York City, one hitting a beachfront neighborhood and the second, stronger twister striking moments later about 10 miles away. The powerful winds hurled debris into the air and knocked out power, but no serious injuries have been reported.
The weather service is also checking out reports of two possible tornadoes in the Washington, D.C., area. Meteorologist Andy Woodcock says funnel clouds were reported in Fairfax County, Va., and in Prince George's County, Md.
Downed trees and power lines have knocked out power to hundreds of thousands across the region.