2 tornadoes exceeding 100 miles per hour strike the Hudson Valley

Mindy Sparks
May 17, 2018

An EF1 tornado touched down east of Waymart during a powerful thunderstorm midafternoon Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

The two twisters hit in two Putnam County towns about 10 miles from each other.

The second tornado was in Oxford with an estimated peak winds of 100 miles per hour that moved along a 4.5 mile path between Southbury and Oxford. The EF1 storm moved through a discontinuous path of 75 yards in Patterson with estimated peak winds of 100 miles per hour.

Residents in the Northeast cleaned up Wednesday a day after powerful storms pounded the region with torrential rain and marble-sized hail leaving more then 200,000 homes
NWS: EF1 tornado causes damage in several towns

It could take days to fully restore power in Newburgh after a tornado slammed the city during Tuesday's powerful and deadly weather, the mayor says. The EF0 tornado moved through a path of 674 yards with estimated peak winds of 85 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.

Utility crews with Central Hudson Gas and Electricity were out in full force working to restore power. In Newburgh, falling trees claimed the lives an 11-year-old girl in a parked vehicle and a woman who was driving. About 30,000 people were still without power in Putnam on Wednesday afternoon.

The cleanup is underway Wednesday in NY after severe storms ripped through the area, leaving a trail of destruction.


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