A tornado touched down in the borough of Queens and the threat of more severe weather in the New York area postponed the U.S. Open tennis championship women’s final until tomorrow along with all other matches.
A tornado warning was issued by the National Weather Service for the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens until 11:30 a.m. local time as the storm moved through the city, the Associated Press reported. Fox News said National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Hofmann confirmed that a tornado had touched down in the Breezy Point section of the Rockaway peninsula.
The northeastern U.S. and mid-Atlantic regions are under a threat of “significant severe thunderstorms” this afternoon and evening, the Storm Prediction Center in Oklahoma said. A tornado watch is in effect for the New York metropolitan region, including northern New Jersey; seven counties in Pennsylvania; six counties in Connecticut and three counties in western Massachusetts, the weather service said.
“This is a serious severe-weather threat,” said Andy Mussoline, a meteorologist with AccuWeather.com Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania, in a telephone interview. He said the severe weather was likely to pass through eastern Pennsylvania, Washington and Baltimore between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. today, and through New York City and New Jersey between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. tonight.
The National Weather Service office in Upton, New York, said strong thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and tonight that may produce damaging winds and heavy rains. The agency’s office in Sterling, Virginia, issued a similar warning about thunderstorms for southeastern Pennsylvania, most of New Jersey, central and eastern Maryland, most of Delaware, Washington and northern Virginia.
Flights bound for New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport as well as New Jersey’s Newark International Airport were delayed by as much as 40 minutes because of thunderstorms, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on its website.
The U.S. Open match between Andy Murray, the No. 3 seed from Britain, and Tomas Berdych, the sixth seed from the Czech Republic, began after a delay of more than an hour. The women’s final at the U.S. Open between top-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and three-time champion Serena Williams of the U.S. was postponed because of bad weather expected tonight. The second men's semifinal was halted in the first set with fourth-seeded David Ferrer of Spain leading 5-2 against defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia, with play to resume tomorrow.
The match at the National Tennis Center had been scheduled for 7 p.m. The start time for the match tomorrow hasn’t been announced yet.