Elmira/Corning Regional Airport
National Weather Service Report
Written By: Joe Veres
SOUTHERN TIER (WENY) -- According to the National Weather Service, a combination of straight line winds and tornadoes ripped through parts of the Twin Tiers Thursday, leaving behind extensive damage.
Within the WENY TV coverage area, the National Weather Service has confirmed three tornadoes touched down between 3:38 and 4:00 PM.
The first tornado touched down near the intersection of Ryers Creek Road and River Road in the town of Lindley at 3:38pm. The tornado was rated an EF-1 with estimated maximum wind speeds of 80-90 mph and was on the ground for 3/10 of a mile.
The second tornado touched down 7 minutes later at 3:45pm just south of the Chemung River along River Road in South Corning. The tornado was rated an EF-1 with estimated maximum wind speeds of 80-90 mph and was on the ground for 2 and 3/4 miles.
The third tornado touched down at 4:00pm west of Elmira near Miracle Lane off of Route 352. The tornado traveled through West Elmira and into downtown Elmira before lifting near the intersection of Jerusalem Hill Road and Monkey Run Road. The tornado was rated an EF-1 with estimated maximum wind speeds of 100-110 mph. It was on the ground for 9.7 miles and had a maximum width of 600 yards.
Straight line wind damage was confirmed in a swath from southern Steuben to southern Chemung counties. The damage path was 6 miles wide and 25 miles long. The estimated maximum wind speed was 80 mph.
Straight line wind damage was also confirmed in Barton, NY. Maximum winds were estimated at 100 mph with damage 2 miles wide and 2.5 miles long.