BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – While nature’s fury downed some large trees in Western New York and left water where there was none previously, the outcome was far worse on the eastern side of the state.
“The winds were so high there that one of the houses was lifted off the foundation and carried approximately 150 yards and came down on another home down there,” said Sheriff Reilly from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.
People are picking up the pieces in the wake of extreme weather that ripped through several New York counties Tuesday. Unfortunately there is no way to replace the lives of four people that were lost during the severe storm.
National Weather Service survey teams confirmed that the Smithfield thunderstorm produced at least an EF2 tornado packing winds in the order of 110-120 mph.
Late Wednesday afternoon and further north, another survey crew from the Buffalo National Weather Service also confirmed an EF1 tornado at Lowville, where the partial collapse of a barn trapped 50 cows.
A severe thunderstorm warning had been in effect for Lewis County, where a weather service spokesman indicated that damaging straight line wind gusts were accompanied by a brief tornado that stretched 10 miles long, but it was not on the ground all of the time. It produced winds in the order of 95-100 mph. Doppler Weather Radar did indicate a rotation in the storm at the time.
It is critical that you are aware that severe thunderstorms are capable of producing tornadoes and that everyone should heed weather watches and warnings as they are issued.