Weather service: Tornado hit homes where four died

By The Associated Press

SMITHFIELD, N.Y.  - The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado destroyed the homes in upstate New York where four people were killed.

Barbara Watson, the meteorologist leading the agency's survey team says that the violent winds Tuesday were at least 100 mph and reached undetermined higher speeds to cause the damage they're seeing in the town of Smithfield in Madison County.

She says Wednesday that one two-story home is gone, the structure blown away and leaving only the foundation.

Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley says the home was blown hundreds of feet before it landed on an unoccupied house.

Riley identified the four killed as Kimberly Hillard, 35, and her 4-month-old daughter Paris Newman, Virginia Warner, 70, and 53-year-old Arnie Allen. 

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