‘It was the most terrifying thing I've ever seen:’ Tornado touched down in Manorville, NWS says

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A tornado that touched down in Manorville Monday needed only five minutes to uproot trees, bring down powerlines and leave debris scattered across a 1.5-mile area.

The National Weather Service says the EF-0 tornado first touched down on Dayton Avenue where the tops of trees where sheared off. Experts say it then moved northeast for about a mile and a half toward Exit 69 on the Long Island Expressway before dissipating and leaving a swath of destruction in its path.

Witnesses say the tornado only lasted for about a minute or so and then it was gone.

"I don't even know, it just happened so quick. It was over in a flash," said Diane Caliguiri.

Suzanne Nicholson lives a block over on Rosewood Lane. She lost her trampoline and a couple of trees. She said the wind was so strong that it trapped her daughter inside her bedroom.

"It was the most terrifying thing I've ever seen," she told News 12.

Natalie Occhiogrosso lost several trees on her property and one almost crushed her SUV. Her neighbor, Elise Brown, had a 60-year-old oak tree crash through her garage. Down the street, Sharon Spano said her whole house was shaking like a train was passing.

"I was scared. I grabbed my two kids and we just kind of got on the floor and in the doorway. And we just huddled and it was over in a few seconds," said Spano.

Tornadoes are not typical on Long Island. The NWS says 33 tornadoes had touched down on the Island from 1950 to 2018 -- 25 in Suffolk and eight in Nassau.

The NWS says winds reached 85 mph. Crews were on the scene cleaning up debris.

Neighbors say power was quickly restored to their homes

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