SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR)- Central New York was under a threat for severe weather Thursday June 3rd. The National Weather Service issued several severe thunderstorm warnings that afternoon, mainly in Oneida, Chenango, Cortland and Otsego counties.
Meteorologists from the Binghamton office were sent to Lee Center in Oneida county after seeing extensive damage to a farm and once there determined a tornado touched down. A warning was not issued for this particular storm. It didn’t even have lightning.
The tornado touched touched down near a farm along Sulphur Springs Road where it tore down several trees then lifted the roof off a barn causing it to collapse.
The tornado then tracked into West Branch State Forest causing some additional damage before lifting back off the ground and dissipating near Harris Road.
The National Weather Service estimated that the storm was on the ground for just three minutes. It was on the ground for about a mile and had top winds of 95 mph making it an EF1 tornado. There were no injuries.
Dave Nicosia, Acting Meteorologist-in-Charge/Warning Coordination Meteorologist explains why this storm was unique and how important it is to take severe weather threats seriously.