7:53 PM EDT, August 8, 2007
Tornadoes, like the one that touched down Wednesday in Brooklyn and Staten Island, are a rarity in New York. Meteorologists believed Wednesday's storm produced the first tornado in Brooklyn since 1889. The National Weather Service had records of only a few other twisters in the city:
_ Oct. 27, 2003: A tornado classified as an F-0, the lowest possible severity, glances Staten Island.
_ Oct. 28, 1995: An F-1 tornado touches down on Staten Island, causing light damage.
_ Aug. 10, 1990: Three people are injured by an F-0 tornado on Staten Island.
_ Nov. 5, 1985: Six people are hurt by an F-1 tornado in Queens.
_ Sept. 2, 1974: An early morning tornado in the Bronx is later ranked an F-1.