Are Tornadoes ‘The New Normal’ In CNY
The National Weather Service had confirmed that at least two tornadoes touched down when a severe thunderstorm moved onshore from Lake Erie in Western New York.
Weather officials believe one tornado struck Hamburg around 12:30 pm Thursday, while the other hit Holland about 20 minutes later. Wind speeds were recorded at 105 mph and lifted up cars like they were toys and ripped the siding off houses on its path of destruction.
NewYorkUpstate reports hundreds of cars had their windows blown out as the 700-yard wide tornado traveled 5 miles from Hamburg, through Orchard Park, and into Chestnut Ridge Park. A second tornado, about 500-yards wide, tore through Holland, causing damage to structures and closing a portion of the Norfolk Southern Railway after the track was blocked by fallen trees. That tornado traveled about 2 1/2 miles.
These are not the first confirmed tornados this summer. There was an EF-1 twister near Mallory and Graffenburg Road in Sauquoit with winds at 100 mph during the June 30th storms. The same storm system also caused EF-0 tornado in the Vernon-Verona area that included Vernon Downs where 38 Special was playing later in the evening. Wind speeds were clocked at 70 mph and downed power lines along Route 365 near Turning Stone Resort Casino. The last confirmed tornado of the day happened in the village of Broadalbin in Fulton County and weighed in as EF-1 with winds of 90 mph.