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Tornado Confirmed near Gilbertsville in Otsego County New York

  • Location: Gilbertsville in Otsego County New York
  • Date: April 26, 2011
  • Estimated time: 9:35 to 9:45 PM EDT
  • Maximum ef-scale rating: EF1
  • Estimated maximum wind speed: 110 mph
  • Maximum path width: 150 yards
  • Path length: 5 miles
  • Beginning lat/lon: 42.432236 / -75.364329
  • Ending lat/lon: 42.477658 / -75.292066
  • Fatalities: 0
  • Injuries: 0
Summary

The National Weather Service in Binghamton, NY has confirmed a tornado near Gilbertsville in Otsego County New York on April 26, 2011.

The tornado set down in woods near Route 51 between Mount Upton and Gilbertsville producing EF0 damage until reaching Copes Corners Road where it strengthened to EF1 snapping and uprooting trees through a heavily wooded area. It moved up the hill and across the athletic fields of the Gilbertsville-Mount Upton Central School. Here it threw metal bleachers several hundred yards to the north. Tore a press box off steel beams. Hurled a railroad tie used in a parking lot over a hundred feet into a fence. Broke off metal poles used for hanging netting. Bent a soccer goal back in the southward direction. The field was littered with small tree missiles pointing in both directions with a southward direction on the left side of the path. A portable toilet was lifted and dropped about a half mile away and some other light material was found almost a mile away. The tornado was estimated to be its strongest and widest here. It continued to the northeast passing south of Gilbertsville with damage primarily to trees. The path continued to narrow and weaken ending a couple miles east of Gilbertsville.

The National Weather Service would like to extend our appreciation to local officials, local media and especially eyewitness accounts for help during this survey.

The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in National Weather Service Storm Data.

For reference, the Enhanced Fujita Scale classification can be found here.

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