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NWS Confirms Small Tornado hit Marcy on Saturday

By Kristen Pronobis

Statement at bottom....

This past weekend's weather was strong enough to bring the national weather service into town to check out the damage.

Thousands of viewers logged onto wktv.com to see a clip from a viewer's cell phone camera of a funnel cloud in the skies above North Utica and Deerfield on Saturday.

The question now: Did it touch the ground and develop into an official "tornado"? If so, that would be quite rare.

Today Mike Evans from the National Weather Service followed NEWSChannel 2 on a tour of North Utica, Deerfeld, and Marcy, to document what remained of this past weekend's storm damage.

Most of it was merely sporadic. However, one yard in Marcy had half-a-dozen trees down, pointing in different directions, perhaps a sign of tornado-like winds.

The Fujita Scale of tornado damage classifies tornadoes into six categories. F-Zero being the weakest and F-Five being a total disaster.

Evans tells NEWSChannel 2, at best, the weekend funnel cloud could have been a F-Zero tornado.

Earlier Monday evening, the National Weather Service determined that the damage in Marcy was in fact a tornado, rated an F-Zero, with maximum winds of 60 mph. The path was only about 200 yards long, but it did cause tree damage in Marcy. The following is the official statement from the National Weather Service:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BINGHAMTON NY
607 PM EDT TUE AUG 01 2006

...SMALL TORNADO CONFIRMED IN ONEIDA COUNTY NY...

ON SATURDAY JULY 29...A WEAK TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ABOUT 4 MILES
NORTH OF UTICA AT 330 PM. THE TORNADO SNAPPED OR UPROOTED SEVERAL
TREES IN A FIELD NEAR MORRIS ROAD IN MARCY TOWNSHIP. ESTIMATED WIND
SPEEDS WITH THIS F-0 TORNADO WERE ABOUT 60 MPH.

THE DAMAGE PATTERN ASSOCIATED WITH THIS TORNADO INDICATED A
ROTATIONAL WIND PATTERN... AS THE MAJORITY OF TREES FELL WITH A
NORTHWESTERLY WIND... HOWEVER A FEW OF THE TREES FELL WITH A
WESTERLY OR SOUTHEASTERLY WIND. A NEARBY WITNESS DESCRIBED STRONG...
SWIRLING WINDS... WITH RAIN FALLING INTO HER HOUSE THROUGH HER
WINDOW ON ONE SIDE OF HER HOUSE DURING THE ONSET OF THE STORM... AND
THROUGH A WINDOW ON THE OTHER SIDE OF HER HOUSE TOWARD THE END OF
THE STORM. THE WIDTH OF THE TORNADO IS ESTIMATED AT 50 YARDS... AND
THE LENGTH IS ESTIMATED AT 200 YARDS.

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