The National Weather Service in Albany, New York has confirmed that two separate tornadoes touched down in the Capital Region on Wednesday evening. The conclusion comes after meteorologists conducted storm surveys on Thursday to assess the damage and strength of the storm.
The first tornado touched down at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday in the town of Florida in Montgomery county and tracked into Schenectady and Rotterdam in Schenectady county. Meteorologists rated this tornado at an EF-2 on the enhanced Fujita scale with maximum winds estimated at 125 mph. It was on the ground for 15 minutes and tore a track up to 17 miles long and 1-mile wide. There were no deaths reported, but at least one person was injured.
Meteorologists stated that the path width was consistent along the entire path, which is incredible and nearly unprecedented for upstate New York. Maximum damage along the path included roofs torn off of multiple structures and high tension power line towers toppled. In addition, a large number of hard and soft wood trees were either toppled, uprooted, or sheared off. Widespread power outages also occurred along the path.
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The second tornado touched down at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday in the towns of Summit and East Jefferson in Schoharie county. This tornado was rated an EF-1 on the enhanced Fujita scale with maximum winds estimated at 100 mph. It was a brief touchdown and was only on the ground for five minutes, tearing a 200 yard damage swath along a 2-mile path.
The touchdown occurred along a ridge line seen from the juncture of Dutch Hill Road and Wharton Hollow Road. Dozens of soft and hard wood trees were fallen in different directions and sheared off, which was evidence of a tornado. Also, along Enid Road and Peraglia Road, trees were down in different directions. Nobody was injured or killed in this tornado touchdown.
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