A total of 46 tornadoes occurred on May 31, 1998. The focus of this summary will be on the 32 tornadoes that ravaged parts of New York and Pennsylvania. 22 Tornadoes ripped through Pennsylvania, and 10 through New York. The 22 tornadoes on this day in PA is a state record.
This early morning tornado is listed in the SPC database as one event starting in Staten Island moving across the Verrazano Narrows and moving into Brooklyn. When you read through the Storm Data Narratives though, it would appear we had a family of tornadoes.