Westfield/Fredonia, NY (WKBW)- The National Weather Service has confirmed that 2 tornadoes touched down in Western New York Monday evening.
The first tornado landed just before 5 p.m. in Fredonia and the second touched ground in Westfield around 5:10 p.m. Both storms were classified as an EF2 with winds exceeding 100-110 miles per hour. During the storm in Westfield, residents experienced howling winds, rain, and even hail. Tuesday crews spent all day clearing debris and repairing downed power lines. This is the first time in close to 60 years a tornado has touched down in Western New york in November.
One of the twisters came just feet away from the Hall residence in Westfield, where Taylor Hall's elderly mother lives. Her 120 year old historic barn, a 3 car garage, and 2 storage shed are all destroyed.
"It missed the house by a few feet which I'm very thankful for," said Taylor Hall. "Everything (outside) is gone, you can't tell where they originally were."
On Martin Wright Road in Westfield, the tornado apparently ripped through the garage of a home and exited through the other side of the house.
"My husband was upstairs resting and he thought the top of the roof was going to come off," said Beatrice Morrison, who lives nearby.
On Chestnut Road in Westfield, barns were completely lifted off their foundation and dropped hundreds of feet away. The Chautauqua County Executive is urging residents to contact their insurance companies and local municipalities with any questions. Officials are now working to state and federal agencies to try and secure funding for the clean-up efforts. For further assistance, residents are asked to call the Chautauqua County Emergency Management Center at 716-753-4341.