The NWS Confirmed This Scary Weather Event Happened in Upstate NY Sunday
It's somewhat rare that tornados hit Upstate New York. It's even more rare to say that multiple tornados hit Upstate in the same year.
Now, what about the same week? That's nearly impossible.
Yet, that's exactly what's happened. Days after a tornado was reported in Wayland, New York, another twister touched down in the Empire State on Sunday. We now have more information from the National Weather Service on exactly what happened over the weekend in Delaware County, and how bad the storm actually was.
National Weather Service Confirms Tornado in Upstate NY Sunday
According to a report from New York Upstate, which drew on information from a report from WBNG, a tornado was confirmed by the National Weather Service to have struck the area of Walton, New York in Delaware County on Sunday, September 25th.
The NWS branch in Binghamton issued the following statement on their Facebook page:
The tornado that hit Upstate New York on Sunday was rated in the EF0 to EF1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, which is used by meteorologists to assign a "score" to tornados based on estimated wind speeds and degrees of damage created.
The scale goes as high as an EF5 rating, with the last confirmed EF5 tornado occurring in Moore, Oklahoma in May of 2013.
The tornado hit the area of Walton from 6:30 and 6:41 PM, with winds averaging 95 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service. New York Upstate claimed that area residents saw downed trees and other damage that happened in a path, showing that a tornado had indeed touched down in the area, specifically around Walton Mountain Road.
Luckily, no one was injured from the storm, but it's nonetheless remarkable that a second tornado touched down in Upstate New York in the span of a week. Is the Empire State becoming the new Tornado Alley?
Hopefully not, but we'll see.