Tornado Confirmed in Great Valley

September 27, 2013 Updated Aug 11, 2010 at 6:59 PM EDT

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September 27, 2013 Updated Aug 11, 2010 at 6:59 PM EDT

GREAT VALLEY, NY (WKBW) -- Three tornadoes were initially confirmed to have touched down in the Southern Tier on July 24th in just over an hour. One in Mayville, another in Randolph, and a third in Carrollton. And now National Weather Service Meteorologists have confirmed a forth tornado touchdown, in Great Valley. It's an EF-1 tornado with winds of nearly 100mph, path length 1.2 miles and a width of 50 yards.

In Great Valley along Mutton Hollow Road you can still see structural damage to some houses and a barn, also many trees twisted and snapped as the tornado made its way from a hillside eastward to Route 219. It was originally confirmed that the damage was produced by a microburst/straight line winds, based on a view from the ground. But aerial video recently taken by New York State Police reveals there was in fact a tornado touchdown. "We noted quite a bit of damage in {a} hilltop...and there were trees in multiple directions and a pretty clear path going down this hill," National Weather Service Meteorologist David Zaff explained.

"Part of our roof was gone, my back porch was in the lawn in front," Dorothy Jacoby, whose house was damaged by the tornado, said. "It lifted the roof up in the back and water just poured in... a neighbor down the road lost a lot of trees. But we're fortunate there were no lives lost."

Fortunately the nearly 40 minutes of lead time with several tornado warnings resulted in no deaths and only a few injuries that day. So far this year Western New York is seeing an active tornado season with five tornadoes already. "Unusual for Western New York, normally we'll have one tornado if any," Zaff said.