NWS: Damage caused by straight line winds, not tornado

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - After surveying the damaged caused in the wake of Thursday's major storms, the National Weather Service (NWS) has determined that the storm produced strong straight line winds, and not a tornado.
According to the NWS, a series of downbursts produced straight line wind damage across portions of Southern Herkimer and Western Montgomery Counties during the afternoon hours.
The damage from the storm spanned a total length of 30 miles from west to east, with the path of damage being sporadic and containing pockets of intense power in the towns of West Winfield, Jordanville and Minden.
While many believed that the damage was caused by a tornado ripping through the regions, the NWS was unable to find conclusive evidence that any damaged was actually caused by a funnel cloud touching down.
However, this does not take away from the severity of the storm in the least, as they also determined that the winds gusted to up to 100 MPH at certain points.


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