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Elmira cleans up after possible tornado hits city

By Associated Press

ELMIRA, N.Y. (AP) - A state of emergency remains in effect in Elmira as crews continue clearing trees and repairing power lines that were brought down by a possible tornado.

No injuries have been reported from Thursday's late-afternoon storms. About 25,000 homes and businesses across the Southern Tier are without power Friday morning, most of them in the Elmira area.

Damage survey teams from the National Weather Service were headed to Elmira on Friday to determine whether the storm was a tornado. Teams also are checking into possible tornadoes touching down east of Elmira and over the state line around Montrose, Pa.

About 49,000 outages remain from Elmira east to the lower Hudson Valley.

The storm is blamed for killing a 61-year-old man who was struck by collapsing scaffolding outside a Brooklyn church.

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