Two tornado touchdowns confirmed in Otsego County, brings local total to seven


BURLINGTON FLATS, N.Y. (WKTV) - The National Weather Service visited Otsego County Saturday to survey storm damage and confirms that Friday's severe thunderstorms spawned two tornado touchdowns.

The first tornado track was confirmed on Fish and Game Road.

Arthur Miller reported to NEWSChannel 2 on Friday that while driving towards his friend's farm on Fish and Game Road in Burlington Flats, he turned and saw a distinct funnel cloud forming, and heading his way. "It looked like a broom handle," Miller said, "All of the sudden it started to go around and it was bending and twisting and it kept getting bigger and I said 'that's a twister.' "

The second confirmed touchdown was on Chapin Road. Otsego County's 911 center confirmed Friday that power lines were brought down by the winds and forced the closure of that road.

Severe damage was also reported further north in Richfield Springs.
The roof of Bronson's Tire on Lake Street was torn off. The National Weather Service declared this as straight line winds up to 60 mph and not a tornado.

The two tornado touchdowns on Friday just added to the already busy tornado season in Central New York. So far, there are seven locations in the region that have had confirmed tornados this year. According to StormTracker 2 meteorologist Jill Reale, the average number of tornados in New York State for one year is seven.

April 26
Rome - Oneida County
Gilbertsville - Otsego County

April 28
Frankfort - Herkimer County
Pharasila - Chenango County

July 26
Kirkland - Oneida County (three touchdowns)

July 29
Burlington Flats - Otsego County (two touchdowns)
Guildford - Chenago County

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