Rare tornadoes hit parts of New York City

Monday 10 September 2012 11.07
Residents of the New York borough of Queens clean up after the storms
Residents of the New York borough of Queens clean up after the storms

Rare tornadoes struck New York as thunderstorms hit a number of eastern US states on Saturday, causing widespread damage and power cuts.

More than 1,100 customers lost power in New York City.

Tornadoes were once exceedingly rare in New York, but they have occurred with regularity in recent years.

Strong winds and rain caused a partial stage collapse in northern Virginia.

One person suffered minor injuries after the stage collapse at the Rosslyn Jazz Festival in the city of Arlington.

The storm also caused choppy waters on the Potomac River, which runs through Washington DC.

Several passengers were rescued when a boat on the Potomac capsized, possibly due to the extreme weather.

High winds downed large power lines across a busy interstate road in Durham, North Carolina.

Drivers were stranded after both sides of the highway were shut down.