Three tornadoes were confirmed in western New York state on Wednesday
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Three tornadoes were confirmed in western New York state on Wednesday

(WKBW-TV) BUFFALO, N.Y. — The National Weather Service office in Buffalo, which sends a team of meteorologists to conduct site surveys after a tornado is suspected of hitting an area, confirmed that three separate tornadoes touched down in western New York Wednesday.

They were the first tornadoes to hit western New York in two years.


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A total of 42 tornado warnings were issued by National Weather Service offices in New York state as the remnants of what was once Hurricane Beryl moved closer. Six tornadoes were confirmed across the state, according to the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center.

The most powerful tornado to touch down was an EF-1 in Chautauqua County, tracing a 3-mile, 500-foot-long path from Arkwright to Hanover. It caused extensive roof damage, with several structures experiencing complete roof failure. An entire grove of hardwood trees was uprooted or completely snapped.

Some of the most significant damage occurred at a house on Henry Road in the town of Arkwright.

Brandon Mead captured dramatic video as the suspected tornado ripped the roof off his parents’ home and leveled a neighboring barn on the property.

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The other two tornadoes were EF-0 tornadoes recorded in the town of Eden, Erie County, and in Genesee County, Darien and Alexander. Estimated maximum wind gusts, based on the damage survey, were in the range of 75 mph for the Genesee County tornado and 85 mph for the Eden storm.

Mammoser Farm in Eden suffered further major damage on Wednesday. It was previously damaged during Snowvember 2014.

“We have bounced back before, this time it will be more difficult, but we will get through it one way or another,” David said.

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Tornadoes are nothing new in Western New York. According to National Weather Service data, Chautauqua County statistically records the highest number of tornadoes in Western New York, followed by Erie County.