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May 16, 2009 Severe Thunderstorms

A National Weather Service Storm Survey Team examined damage associated with a severe thunderstorm that tracked across southeast Chemung and southwest Tioga counties Saturday afternoon.

The same storm that produced straight line wind damage in Chemung county continued east, and produced a brief EF0 tornado touchdown near route 34 about 2 miles north of Waverly in southwest Tioga county. The determination of a tornado was based on eye witness reports and a small area of convergent wind damage. Estimated wind speeds with this tornado were around 65 mph. The tornado touched down along route 34 at about 5 PM. The tornado tracked northeast, and was on the ground for about 5 minutes. The path length of the tornado was around a quarter of a mile, and the width was about 30 yards.

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Minor damage to house just north of Waverly near highway 34.

Minor damage to house just north of Waverly near highway 34.
Another view damage to house just north of Waverly near highway 34. Note that the objects on the porch were pushed towards the back of the house while the trim was push towards the front.

Another view damage to house just north of Waverly near highway 34. Note that the objects on the porch were pushed towards the back of the house while the trim was push towards the front.
Tree on train tracks.  This is behind the house shown in the previous images.  North of Waverly, NY.

Tree on train tracks. This is behind the house shown in the previous images. North of Waverly, NY.
Damage to home on Talmadge Hill Road West North of Waverly, NY.

Damage to home on Talmadge Hill Road West North of Waverly, NY.
Same home with skirting damage continued.

Same home with skirting damage continued.
Trees downed in yard on Talmadge Hill Road West North of Waverly, NY.

Trees downed in yard on Talmadge Hill Road West North of Waverly, NY.

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