NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - A small, weak tornado briefly touched down on Long Island during Wednesday afternoon's thunderstorm.
The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-0 tornado hit near Mattituck, on the North Fork, based on a survey by a weather service meteorologist, Doppler weather radar data, emergency management, and trained spotters.
EF-0 is the weakest category of tornado, with wind speeds of 65 to 85 mph. The tornado's estimated maximum wind speed was 70 mph.
"Most wind damage was concentrated between Main Road and New Suffolk Avenue close to the corridor from Cardinal Drive southeast to Blossom Bend, where the tornado lifted before reaching New Suffolk Avenue," the NWS said in a report. "Wind damage was confined mainly to trees, where several trees were snapped in half."
The National Weather Service said this information is preliminary and may change after a final review.
A tornado warning was issued for Suffolk County Wednesday.