NWS confirms 3 tornadoes in WNY

NWS: Two Tornadoes Touch Down In WNY

Forecasters at the National Weather Service office in Buffalo surveyed Thursday's storm damage and they were able to confirm that three tornados hit Western New York Thursday afternoon, one in Hamburg, one in Holland in Erie County and one in Angelica in Allegany County.

Thursday's tornadoes are the first in Erie County since 2006 when an EF-1 tornado hit the Cheektowaga area.

Reports of severe roof damage, downed trees and power lines, and smashed windows all provided evidence, but the proof came when forecasters got a bird's eye view of the damage path.

The National Weather Service says the stronger of the tornadoes, in Hamburg was rated a EF-2 on the Enhanced-Fujita (EF)-Scale with winds estimated between 110 and 135 mph. 

A second tornado hit near Holland and was rated an EF-1. With winds near 95 miles per hour. 

An EF-1 tornado hit Angelica, NY around 1:40pm Thursday, bringing with it an estimated 95 MPH winds. The tornado traveled about 4.2 miles.   Thankfully, no one was hurt. 

The scale ranges from EF-0 to EF-5, with EF-5 representing total devastation.

There were no direct injuries or fatalities reported. 

The first tornado warning was issued at about 12:15 p.m. Thursday afternoon in southeastern Erie County and warnings would follow that storm for the next two hours about 60 miles southeast into Allegany County.

Many roads in the Southtowns and parts of the Southern Tier remain closed due to downed trees and power lines.

In addition to tornado damage, straight-line winds gusted over 70 mph and more torrential rain flooded countless streets and yards in the region.

Residents are now working to clean up damage from Thursday's storms. 

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