National Weather Service Confirms Tornado in Islip Town

Report indicates track from Great River to Ronkonkoma.

The National Weather Services has confirmed that a tornado touched down on Thursday in parts of Islip Town and impacted an area from near Great River north to Ronkonkoma.

According to the report, the tornado is believed to hit the ground at around 2:06 p.m. Friday and had sustained maximum winds of 85 miles-per-hour, with a path width of 150 yards and a path length of 4.5 miles.

The National Weather Service said the tornado touched down on Widgeon Court in Great River and tracked north when it lifted near the intersection of Ocean Ave. and Gary Way Rd. in Ronkonkoma. The track was across Connetquot River State Park, Bohemia County Park and Bohemia.

According to the weather service, the most significant damage occurred between 8th Ave. and Feuereisen Ave. in Bohemia around 2:11 p.m. The report said multiple trees were uprooted and thrown on to power lines and several homes in Oakdale and Bohemia were damaged as a result of fallen trees. In addition, there were several eyewitness reports of the tornado moving north along the Connetquot River and also in Bohemia.

The National Weather Service had no reports of fatalities or injuries. 

Teresa Smith-Rothman August 11, 2012 at 05:55 AM
The picture of a tornado attached above is NOT from today's tornado. It was copied from the Weather Channel's website page about tornado safety. http://www.weather.com/life/safety/tornado/article/during-the-tornado_2011-11-10
jdavis August 11, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Teresa is right. Furthermore, look at the woman calmly walking in the parking lot. There is no way she'd be strolling with that tornado behind her.
RJM August 11, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Check your facts before printing.....Golden rule of journalism LMAO The funnel in that image is at least 3-4 times the size of the tornado that touched down....
RJM August 11, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Most F0 tornados are not captured on video or in pictures as they do not have enough rotational velocity and pressure drop to lift objects and dust/dirt high enough to make the actual funnel visible.
Greg Sleter August 12, 2012 at 03:08 AM
RJM: Thanks for your note. Just a clarification that the tornado photo in question (which has been removed) was not posted by the Patch editorial team, but was posted by a reader. Since the photo was not from Friday's tornado that impacted Great River, Bohemia and Ronkonkoma, it has been removed. Thanks for reading Patch! Best, Greg Sleter
Marianne Bowden August 12, 2012 at 04:20 PM
The picture I just posted is apparently taken by the Patchogue Fire Dept of the Great South Bay the day of the tornado warning.
RJM August 12, 2012 at 06:58 PM
And again the other image posted is of a family of waterspouts over Lake Huron near Ontario.
RJM August 12, 2012 at 07:05 PM
http://www.vos.noaa.gov/MWL/dec_04/waterspout.shtml Clearly the same image that Marianne posted. As an AVID weather fan and owner/operator of www.kingsparkweather.com I spend countless hours reading and learning about the world of weather. I have spent quite a bit of time in Oklahoma chasing storms and severe weather. The Tornado this past Friday WAS NOT spotted over water.
Marianne Bowden August 12, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Well, I guess I stand corrected. I will let my friend know who posted this picture on FB.
RJM August 12, 2012 at 11:15 PM
No harm Marianne and I don't want to come off the wrong way. As I said I take weather seriously lol. I unfortunately was stuck at work when the advisory came over my phone. Otherwise I would have been there looking for it.


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