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EF2 Tornado Confirmed near Erin in Chemung County New York

  • Location: Erin in Chemung County New York
  • Date: April 28 2011
  • Estimated time: 1:25 AM EDT
  • Maximum ef-scale rating: EF2
  • Estimated maximum wind speed: 130 MPH
  • Maximum path width: 0.25 miles
  • Path length: 0.7 miles
  • Beginning lat/lon: 42.18n / -76.70w
  • Ending lat/lon: 42.19n / -76.69w
  • Fatalities: 0
  • Injuries: 0

The National Weather Service in Binghamton, NY has confirmed an EF2 tornado near Erin in Chemung County New York on April 28 2011.

The tornado started just west of the Erin Town Hall south of Route 223. It began just southwest of the local cemetery and tracked toward the northeast. Numerous pine trees were snapped off and uprooted in the cemetery.

Immediately to the west of the cemetery a well-constructed barn was destroyed with all four walls completely collapsed. The tornado tracked northeast and across Route 223. The tornado lofted debris into the yard across the street with debris from the destroyed barn impaled into the front lawn. Debris also blew all windows out of the front of the home with some debris penetrating the siding and thrown into the home. At this site, all three vehicles were damaged with a beam from the destroyed barn impaled through the dashboard of one vehicle. An 11,000 pound camper was flipped up over a five foot fence and toppled onto its side before coming to rest.

The tornado continued tracking to the northeast with damage to a barn roof and debris wrapped in trees. A garage and mobile home at the site was completely demolished. Heavy debris from the mobile home was strewn approximately 100 yards downstream from the site, with lighter material found several miles away.

The tornado tracked an additional one-half mile up the hill with numerous trees uprooted or snapped and two horses killed on the farm. At this point the tornado lifted and no additional damage was found.

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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