Two Tornadoes Hit Western New York
It's a twister, Auntie Em!
The National Weather Service has confirmed that two tornadoes struck near the town of Hamburg in Western New York, near Buffalo. The tornadoes are the latest in a stretch of severe weather that has hit Upstate New York this summer.
Damage was significant in some areas, including the Erie County Fairgrounds and the Hamburg Gaming casino, with trees down, cars damaged and debris strewn everywhere. Residents took to social media to share images of the damage.
The National Weather Service issued the tornado warning after a funnel cloud was seen forming on radar and by trained citizen spotters.
According to newyorkupstate.com, the weather service tweeted: "Radar indicated tornado south of Orchard Park moving east toward West Falls. Take Cover Now!"
The National Weather Service says the stronger of the tornadoes in Hamburg was rated a EF-2 on the Enhanced-Fujita (EF)-Scale with winds estimated near 105 miles per hour. A second tornado hit near Holland and was rated an EF-1 with winds near 95 miles per hour. Winds at those speeds are capable of inflicting serious damage.
Take a look at some of these images from the region:
Over 20,000 people were left without power after the storm, while torrential rain also caused flooding during the storms.