As many of you know, severe weather began to erupt in our area late Tuesday morning. I immediately updated our Facebook page with warnings for imminent weather danger. Automatic weather crawls ran on our air to alert the public of severe weather. During the Noon news on NBC3 and CBS5, I first alerted our viewers about hail storms and interesting storm rotation while zooming in to the intense cells. Between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m., Wayne Mahar and I were analyzing Live Triple Doppler Radar and noticing tornadic signatures to the storms. Then an official tornado warning was issued! We sprang into action and went non-stop on the air during the tornado warning to keep people safe on the air and on Facebook simultaneously. While damage occurred with these storms, no fatalities and injuries occurred.
Here are some details to the tornados, wind damage and hail storms:
A tornado touched down near Kirkland, Oneida County early Tuesday afternoon. According to the National Weather Service in Binghamton, a weak EF0 tornado briefly touched down along Kellogg Street just west of State Route 12, about 2 1/2 miles southeast of Clinton. Several large hardwood trees were either uprooted or snapped. Meteorologists noticed trees were knocked down in this area opposite directions, indicating a swirling pattern to the winds locally of between 70-80 miles per hour. Damage patterns and eyewitness accounts confirm that the tornado was on the ground for less than one minute at around 1:03 p.m. The width of the tornado was estimated at 100 yards. You can find the full report here. It was not on the ground very long, but a funnel was problem in the air longer.
Did you see the funnel cloud or the tornado? Did you capture a picture or video of it? If so, we would love to see and hear about it. You can post any storm pictures and video on our Facebook page here.
Straight line wind (microburst) damage was observed nearby in Franklin Springs, Oneida County at roughly the same time. A microburst is a convective downdraft with an outflow area of less than 2 1/2 miles wide and peak winds last less than five minutes. Microburst winds flow straight down and do not spin like tornados do.
Damage began on Reservoir Road in the Town of Kirkland and continued eastbound across Harding Road where trees were either downed, snapped or uprooted. Estimated winds in these areas was about 70-80 miles per hour. Furth east the damage intensified in Franklin Springs on Furnace Street just west of state route 12B. 12 to 24 trees were slammed to the ground, including a large healthy black walnut tree. Wind damage was estimated at 90 miles per hour.
Damage continued eastward across Route 12B between Siedsma Court and Grant Road where winds of 80-90 miles per hour were estimated. A wood pole was snapped across Grant Road at South Street. This storm continued eastward across Fountain Street and Craig Road and eventually between County Route 13 and Burmaster Road where part of a tin roof was peeled off of a barn. The storm then bent southeastward towards the Town of Paris with minor tree and pole damage. Only minor damage occurred thereafter between Chadwicks and Sauquoit. You can find the full report on the microburst here.
There were also reports of sporadic wind damage and hail across sections of Oswego and Wayne Counties, which you can see here. The full list of wind damage, hail damage and tornado reports across New York state and the country can be read here.
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