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Severe Storms July 26, 2012

Tornado Confirmed near South Corning in Steuben County New York

  • Location: South Corning in Steuben County New York
  • Date: july 26, 2012
  • Estimated time: 3:45 PM EDT
  • Maximum ef-scale rating: EF-1
  • Estimated maximum wind speed: 90-100 MPH
  • Maximum path width: 200 yards
  • Path length: 2.75 miles
  • Beginning lat/lon: 42.12n / 77.02w
  • Ending lat/lon: 42.12n / 76.97w
  • Fatalities: 0
  • Injuries: 0


The National Weather Service in Binghamton, NY has confirmed a tornado near South Corning in Steuben County New York on July 26, 2012.

The tornado first touched down just south of county Route 44 in South Corning. Eyewitness reports indicated leaves and other debris being lifted in the air and twisted at this time. Minor tree and structural damage also occurred along county Route 44, including damage to the metal top of a barn silo.

The most significant damage occurred to the south of county Route 44, along Brown Hollow Road. A swath of damage, including approximately 200-300 trees, was bbserved. Trees were mangled, snapped off, and twisted in different directions. Winds appeared to maximize in this area, reaching speeds of 100-110 mph.

The damage path continued eastward, with more sporadic tree damage. The tornado damage path appeared to end just west of Murphy Road, still in South Corning.

Southeast of the tornado track, a separate damage path occurred, due to straight line winds. The most significant damage here was to the metal roof of a new barn, where portions of the roof were lifted off and lofted into several trees across the adjacent roadway (Stickler Road). Winds maximized around 75 mph at this location. No additional damage was observed farther to the east or southeast of this point.

The image below is the approximate path of the tornado.

approximate path of the tornado

The image below is the approximate area of the straight line wind damage.

approximate path of the wind damage

For reference:

A microburst is a convective downdraft with an affected outflow area of less than 2 1/2 miles wide and peak winds lasting less than 5 minutes. Microbursts may induce dangerous horizontal/vertical wind shears, which can adversely affect aircraft performance and cause property damage. Straight-line winds are generally any wind that is not associated with rotation, used mainly to differentiate them from tornadic winds.

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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