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Severe Storms July 26, 2012

Another Long Track Tornado Confirmed in the Southern Tier of New York From July 26, 2012

  • Location: North Chemung to Barton in Chemung and Tioga Counties NY
  • Date: 07/26/12
  • Estimated time: 4:01 to 4:13 PM EDT
  • Maximum ef-scale rating: EF1
  • Estimated maximum wind speed: 100-110 mph
  • Maximum path width: 300 yards
  • Path length: 14 miles
  • Beginning lat/lon: 42.1060n/76.6947w
  • Ending lat/lon: 42.0645n/76.4450w
  • Fatalities: 0
  • Injuries: 0

Summary

The National Weather Service in Binghamton, NY has confirmed a tornado path from near north Chemung in Chemung County through Lockwood to north of Barton in Tioga County, New York on July 26, 2012.

This tornado is a new touch down from the same storm that produced the tornadoes in south Corning and Elmira. This was another long track tornado with EF1 damage that moved up and down over ridges and across valleys for almost 14 miles. The first touch down was across Route 1 in north Chemung. The tornado moved east eventually moving through the town of Lockwood. East of Lockwood and similar to the Elmira tornado, the tornado takes a turn to the southeast doing heavy damage along Crandall Hill Road and down across Oak Hill Road ending just east of there and north of the town of Barton.

The majority of damage was to softwood and hardwood trees which were uprooted or snapped. Unlike the extensive straight-line wind damage found to the south of this track, this damage clearly had signs of circular motion in a very concentrated and narrow path. The damage path averaged about 200 yards wide. Some homes, garages and sheds were damaged by wind with trim or siding torn or shingles off roofs. Some homes had more significant damage from trees falling on them. One barn was completely destroyed.

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.

BMW

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.

The image below is the approximate path of the tornado.

approximate path of the tornado


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