Following a nasty round of severe storms on Tuesday, the National Weather Service (NWS) went out with two teams from the Upton, NY office on Long Island to survey the damage and determine the significance of the reported tornado and whether any other tornadoes hit. There was also a team that explored the damage in the greater Binghamton, New York area for that respective office and one from the NWS in Albany.
Here’s a brief summary of their findings:
- 9 tornadoes, 4 in New York, 4 in Connecticut, and 1 in Pennsylvania
- 1 EF-2 tornado, 6 EF-1 tornadoes, 1 EF-0 tornado, and 1 without a ranking
- 3 macrobursts
- 3 microbursts
A tornado has been confirmed in Kent, New York of Putnam County to be an EF-2 tornado on the Enhanced Fujita scale. An EF-0 tornado is a low-end tornado with minimal damage while an EF-5 tornado, at the top of the scale, represents extreme damage. This tornado contained maximum winds of up to 115 miles per hour and was on the ground for 1.14 miles. It was also 100 yards in width. The last time a tornado struck Putnam County was on June 29th in 1990. That was an EF-0 tornado and was on the ground for 50 yards. Below is a video from the county of some of the tree damage.
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They classified a separate tornado as an EF-1 with maximum winds of up to 100 mph as it moved through a discontinuous path of 2.89 miles in Patterson, New York, which is also in Putnam County. There was also a third tornado confirmed in New York, located in Newburgh. It took on a path of 0.62 miles while producing estimated peak winds of 75 mph. This was ultimately ranked as an EF-0 tornado. According to the National Weather Service, “The tornado sheared off trees around half way to the ground, pealed the bark off of one tree, and caused localized convergence of uprooted trees. It also caused leaves to be plastered on three sides of houses in the Susan Drive area.”
Parts of Newburgh look like a war zone after yesterday’s storm. We followed an NWS storm damage survey team as they work to determine if this was indeed tornado damage. Full report is ahead on Eyewitness News. #abc7ny pic.twitter.com/45g2RroC4f
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A fourth tornado, as discovered by NWS in Albany, was ranked as an EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita scale. This was the largest tornado that occurred, measuring at a width of 528 feet and was on the ground 5 miles. NWS in Albany also details its track: “The tornado path started along Route 212 between Woodstock and Saugerties and moved east through the western and southern part of Saugerties before crossing the Hudson River and ending in Tivoli, NY, just south of the Clermont State Historic
Site.” The below video shows the wicked winds from the storm in Saugerties.
This was the path of the tornado:
The NWS at Albany recently confirmed two more tornadoes in New York. That includes an EF-1 on the northeast side of Winsted, CT in Litchfield County. Winds are estimated to have reach 95 mph and the tornado contained a width of 175 yards while traveling on the ground for 0.7 miles. The tornado moved west to east across 8 city blocks, shearing trees and uprooting trees,and producing some minor structural damage to homes. Many homes and power lines were damaged by fallen trees. A member of the local community witnessed the tornado.
The second tornado confirmed Thursday morning occurred in Litchfield County, CT as well, solely affecting over Barkhamsted Reservoir. This tornado has not been given a rating due to no damage over the lake, but was confirmed by public video.
In Pennsylvania, the NWS office in Binghamton confirmed that a tornado struck Wayne County by Honesdale. This tornado was classified as an EF-1 tornado with estimated winds of up to 86-110 mph.
.@NWSBinghamton in Waymart area assessing possible tornado where the winds tore a roof off a barn and blew it hundreds of yards across the road. Then the storm headed east toward Honesdale. @WNEP @WNEPWeather pic.twitter.com/7LOMqkozYP
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There were also several violent downbursts in northeastern Pennsylvania. The NWS in Binghamton says, “Damage within the downburst areas are consistent with straight-line winds as high as 100-110 mph. This includes a swath of 60-70 trees uprooted or snapped in the Honesdale cemetery with additional numerous trees at a golf course and near Prompton State Park.” Two different microbursts were confirmed to have occurred in Cumberland and Perry, PA.
The team from the NWS office in Upton also scoped the damage in western Connecticut, examining what was first thought to have been a tornado but ended up being a macroburst. This macroburst struck from New Fairfield Brookfield, producing winds of up to 110 mph. It impacted a swath of 3 miles in width and 9 miles in length in the area, making the damage seem worse than a low-end tornado. According to NWS, “The worst damage was from the Candlewood Shores area, extending east across Route 7, just north of Senior High School, to Lake Lillinonah. Numerous trees were uprooted and snapped.” It also caused two fatalities due to falling trees and one injury after the roof of a baseball dugout collapsed.
At 9:30pm Wednesday, NWS in Upton confirmed that an EF-1 tornado did occur from Southbury through Oxford, traveling on a 4.2 mile path. This uprooted numerous trees due to winds of up to 100 mph. The last time a tornado of this magnitude affected the state was an EF-1 tornado in Tolland County on July 10th, 2013. The last time at least four tornadoes affected Connecticut in a single day was back on July 21st, 2010. Here’s a couple photos of that tornado damage from Southbury:
A few moments later, they announced that a second EF-1 tornado with 110 mph winds struck a separate part of Connecticut from Beacon Falls through Hamden, traveling on a 9.5 mile path. This tornado left this unfortunate damage at Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden:
The trees were obliterated in Hamden, CT at Sleeping Giant State Park following strong winds and a possible #tornado Tuesday afternoon.
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Some towns, including Brookfield, Newtown, and New Fairfield, each at one point had at least 70% of their town out of power. These are some of the various photos from southwestern Connecticut that the macroburst produced.
It was determined that three separate areas of significant damage were also both caused by a downburst of winds. According to a statement from the Upton office of NWS, “It has been determined that a macroburst with maximum wind speeds of 80-90 mph impacted a swath of about three miles in width and four miles in length in the Cherry Hill area.” This was in Putnam County, New York. A different macroburst also impacted southern Dutchess County, NY along the I-84 corridor roughly between Beacon/Wappingers Falls and East Fishkill/Hopewell Junction. This macroburst toppled hundreds of trees and a chimney and damaged the siding of some homes due to estimated winds of up to 105 mph. Then there was a microburst from a severe thunderstorm, which brought an estimated 80 mph wind gust to the area near North Salem in Westchester County, New York, resulting in approximately 250 yards of downed trees.
Stay tuned for additional updates to this article as the surveys continue to be conducted.