Rare Multiple Tornadoes Confirmed in Western New York
WGRZ BUFFALO, NY - The National Weather Service confirms three tornadoes touched down in the Southern Tier Saturday evening. A fourth event has now been listed as a microburst with strong straight line winds.
The first twister was spotted in Erie, PA, and then apparently reappeared about 4:40 PM in the town of Chautauqua near Mayville. It then crossed Chautauqua Lake.
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That initial tornado had winds of 125 mile per hour as it moved into Dewittville and damaged some buildings at the Chautauqua Lake Estates condominium complex.
According Julius Leone, Director of Emergency Services in Chautauqua County, a preliminary damage estimate is around $2.5 million. Leone says that there is more work to be done over the next few days and that number may change.
The second tornado struck about 5:25 PM in the the town of Randolph and continued to the community of Cold Spring in Cattaraugus County. It knocked down trees and damaged buildings in the Village of Randolph. This storm also produced 125 mile per hour winds.
According to officials in Cattaraugus County, damages in the county were around $3.5 million. This is also a preliminary estimate.
The third tornado was reported at 5:50 PM in the town of Carrollton in Cattaraugus County and moved into the village of Allegany where it also caused tree and building damage. The top wind speeds from this storm were 95 miles per hour.
The microburst storm struck the Cattaraugus County community of Great Valley about 5:25 PM with straight line winds maxing out at 85 miles per hour. There was again some tree and some building damage.
The National Weather Service says tornado activity like this is rare in the WNY area.
The damage in the Mayville area is widespread, mostly with downed trees and debris and damage to some structures. There are numerous fallen trees and some ripped off roofs in the Randolph area of Cattaraugus County.
So far there are no reports of injuries.
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