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June 30, 2006
Cheektowaga Tornado

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Above photo of tornado taken by Allan Blachowski.
This photo was taken on Dale Road looking SE toward Broadway & Ludwig.

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Above is a 1.5 degree storm relative motion (SRM) NWS WSR-88D image. The white arrow points out adjacent inbound and outbound velocity data which indicates rotation within this thunderstorm as it crossed the NYS Thruway.

The National Weather Service at Buffalo worked closely with the town of Cheektowaga and Erie County Emergency Services agencies, and the Cheektowaga Police Department to coordinate the damage survey. In addition, we wish to thank the Erie County Sheriff's Department for providing their helicopter to conduct an aerial survey of the damage.

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June 30, 2006 Damage path
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Comparison between June 30, 2006 and July 30, 1987
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...TORNADO TOUCHES DOWN IN CHEEKTOWAGA...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CONFIRMED THROUGH AERIAL AND GROUND
SURVEYS THAT A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN THE TOWN OF CHEEKTOWAGA
AROUND 300 PM FRIDAY JUNE 30.

BASED ON THE INFORMATION GATHERED THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS
RANKED THE TORNADO AN F1 ON THE FUJITA SCALE WHICH IS DEFINED BY
WINDS SPEEDS OF 73 TO 112 MPH. THE WINDS IN THIS TORNADO WERE
ESTIMATED AT 100 TO 110 MPH WITH A PATH LENGTH OF THREE MILES AND A
PATH WIDTH OF 75 YARDS. THE TORNADO INITIALLY TOUCHED DOWN ON WALDEN
AVENUE NEAR HARLEM ROAD AND TRAVELED FROM THE NORTHWEST TO THE
SOUTHEAST THROUGH THE TOWN OF CHEEKTOWAGA.

ON WALDEN AVENUE A CONSTRUCTION TRAILER WAS MOVED SEVERAL HUNDRED
FEET. THE WORKER IN THE TRAILER SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES. AS THE
TORNADO MOVED ACROSS THE NEW YORK STATE THRUWAY IT LIFTED A TRACTOR
TRAILER AND DEPOSITED IT ON ITS SIDE ACROSS THE JERSEY BARRIER.
THE DRIVER OF THE TRAILER SUFFERED A BROKEN LEG.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED ON ITS SOUTHEAST TREK DAMAGING A 20 BY 30 FOOT
SECTION OF A WALL ON A WAREHOUSE AND THEN DOWNED TREES AS IT
CROSSED THROUGH CENTRAL CHEEKTOWAGA. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN
SEVERAL TIMES ALONG ITS PATH.

ITS FINAL TOUCHDOWN WAS AT THE PARKSIDE VILLAGE MOBILE HOME PARK
AROUND 310 PM WHERE THREE MOBILE HOMES SUSTAINED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE
AND SEVERAL OTHERS SUSTAINED MINOR DAMAGE.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PARTNERED WITH ERIE COUNTY SHERIFFS
OFFICE...ERIE COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES...TOWN OF CHEEKTOWAGA
EMERGENCY SERVICES AND THE CHEEKTOWAGA POLICE DEPARTMENT TO
COMPLETE THE AERIAL AND GROUND SURVEYS.

$$

LEVAN

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Aerial views
tractor trailer blown over on I-90 roof damage damage to garage
roof damage to Subway and construction trailer damage
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