LEE CENTER, N.Y. – The National Weather Service in Binghamton confirmed a small tornado destroyed a barn in Lee Center Thursday afternoon.
Storm survey team confirmed damage in Lee Center NY yesterday was from a small tornado. Details on path length, width and rating will be forthcoming when they get back to the office. This tornado was very unusual in that it came from a shower, no thunder was reported! #nywx
— NWS Binghamton (@NWSBinghamton) June 4, 2021
The more than 100-year-old barn at Pritchard’s Farm on Sulphur Springs Road was leveled as the storm rolled through.
"I saw the top of the silo going through the air. We come out on the porch and say holy cow," said farm owner, Vernie Pritchard.
Pritchard says several cows were moved to safety, however, one cow and several chickens were lost in the storm.
"Every one of those animals were my pets. I have names for them, I talk to them. They knew me," said Pritchard.
NEWSChannel 2 Meteorologist Jill Reale says the tornado classification depends on the direction in which trees and buildings fall when damaged. If they are in a circular motion, it’s typically a tornado – if they are in a line, the damage was likely caused by straight-line winds, which come from thunderstorms.
The NWS says additional information on the length, width and rating of the tornado will be reported later Friday.
Looking NE towards Ava, NY.
Timeframe: 3:32 to 3:36 PM EDT
— Ethan Moriarty (@EMoriartyWX) June 4, 2021