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WESTERNVILLE, N.Y. (UPDATED) — A thunderstorm with strong winds and heavy rain tore through Westernville Thursday evening, and there is evidence a tornado may have touched down in that area.
Based on the rotation on the WKTV StormTracker 2 doppler radar and damage reports from residents, Chief Meteorologist Bill Kardas says there’s good reason to believe a tornado was on the ground, but it has to be officially confirmed by the National Weather Service. The NWS in Binghamton has scheduled a storm survey in Westernville for Friday, and expect to have the final assessment later in the day.
Bill says the rotation went across Route 46 to Gifford Hill Road in the area of Woods Valley.
According to Oneida County Sheriff's Office, Route 46 and several other side roads were closed due to several trees and wires down in the town of Western. Main Street between Dropp Hill Road and Route 46 was still closed Friday morning, and will likely be closed into the weekend. Stokes-Westernville Road between Main Street and River Road is also closed.
Nearly 500 people lost power around 7:30 p.m. between Western, Steuben and Ava.
Watch Bill's latest update below: