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Tornado Confirmed near Kirkland in Oneida County New York

  • Location: Kirkland in Oneida County New York
  • Date: July 26, 2011
  • Estimated time: 12:55 PM to 12:56 PM EDT
  • Maximum ef-scale rating: EF0
  • Estimated maximum wind speed: 70 - 80 mph
  • Maximum path width: 100 - 125 yards
  • Path length: 0.9 miles
  • Beginning lat/lon: 43.05 n /-75.43 w
  • Ending lat/lon: 43.05 n /-75.41 w
  • Fatalities: 0
  • Injuries: 0


A tornado briefly touched down just north of College Hill road, about a mile west of the Hamilton College Campus. The general public reported that most of the trees that were snapped were pointing toward due east. However, at this location one large tree was uprooted and another large branch was broken and they both pointed due north. The tornado lifted as it crossed College Hill Road before briefly touching down again just south of College Hill Road in a field south of Crane Farm. Video submitted to us via email and also posted by WKTV-TV in Utica, NY helped aide in the determination of this touchdown.

The tornado continued on the ground before lifting near peters lane. Damage was still mostly toward the east but the Kirkland Highway Supervisor confirmed that some of the brush in this area was pointing in the opposite direction.

The combination of eyewitness reports and video at the two damage locations helped aide in this confirmation. It appears that after these two brief touchdowns near College Hill Road the tornado lifted up and did not touchdown again until near Kellogg Street just east of Route 12, as confirmed by the storm survey yesterday.

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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