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Weather service confirms EF-2 tornado hit Madison County

Posted July 9th, 2014 @ 7:07pm by Bud Lowell


The National Weather Service has confirmed that it was indeed a category EF-2 tornado that destroyed four homes in the Madison County town of Smithfield ... where four people were killed on Tuesday evening.

An EF-2 tornado has winds of up to 125 miles per hour.

Governor Cuomo toured the area on Wednesday and says the damage is simply stunning: 2x4s shoved through walls and houses demolished on one side of a street while the opposite side was untouched.

Madison County's sheriff says a 35-year-old woman and her 4-month-old daughter were killed when their house was picked up and dropped on top of another house. The other victims were a 70-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man.

Governor Cuomo says the state can offer financial aid to help the affected communities....and the prayers of all New Yorkers for the families of those who died.

Rochester Gas and Electric still has about 1,000 total customers waiting for service restoration as of 7:00 p.m. Wednesday. They say all service should be restored by midnight.

They had to replace 22 poles along Bowerman Road in Farmington to get the power back on there.  RG&E officials say they had 94 percent of their electric service back on by Wednesday morning after Tuesday afternoon's severe thunderstorm.



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