NWS: It was officially a tornado that touched down

By WKTV News

ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WKTV) - The National Weather Service has confirmed that Wednesday's severe weather event did include an official tornado touching ground seven miles west, northwest of Rome.

During Tuesday afternoon, the Weather Service said a trained weather spotter had identified a tornado outside of Rome. The next day, a crew from the National Weather Service had come to the site, but had said they believed it was just strong "straight winds." Shortly before 5 p.m. that same day, however, they came to the conclusion, that, yes, it was officially a tornado.

While no injuries or fatalities were reported, the Weather Service said the tornado had an estimated maximum wind speed of 100 mph and traveled roughly 65 yards.

The brief touchdown of the tornado occurred in a wooded area near the intersection of State Route 49 and Lauther Road near Verona Mills. Damage included multiple trees down and a snapped power pole.

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