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Severe Storms July 24, 2012

Tornado confirmed near Rome in Oneida County New York

  • Location: Rome in Oneida County New York
  • Date: July 24, 2012
  • Estimated time: 12:02 AM EDT
  • Maximum ef-scale rating: EF1
  • Estimated maximum wind speed: 110 mph
  • Maximum path width: 120 yards
  • Path length: 0.2 miles
  • Beginning lat/lon: 43.19n / 75.48 w
  • Ending lat/lon: 43.17n / 75.45 w
  • Fatalities: 0
  • Injuries: 0


The National Weather Service in Binghamton, NY has confirmed a tornado near Rome in Oneida County New York on July 24, 2012.

A small tornado developed along a line of thunderstorms across central Oneida county very early in the morning on July 24, 2012, just past midnight.

The tornado appeared to form in the city of Rome, just north of Lamphear Road, and just south of both State Route 26 and State Route 365. Initially, two telephone poles were downed, along with several trees.

As the tornado progressed towards the east southeast, it damaged portions of a cornfield, before encountering a newly built home. The strong winds pushed the house off its foundation. Additionally, an attached garage on the east side of the residence sustained heavy damage, with the back wall and east facing wall ultimately collapsing, causing the garage to cave in. Garage debris was blown as far as about 200 yards away. Debris was strewn across the back yard of the residence, onto State Route 365, and into the back yard of a neighboring residence to the east. The pattern of damage in these areas, as well as adjacent cornfields, suggests a cyclonic rotation, consistent with a brief tornado touchdown.

Tree damage continued to be observed at a neighboring residence just to the east southeast, south of Lamphear Road. Shortly after this point, no damage was found, indicating that the tornado dissipated or lifted after this time.

The image below is the approximate path of the tornado.

approximate path of the tornado

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

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.


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