MAYVILLE, NY (WKBW) The first tornado to hit Western New York came through the Town of Mayville on Chautauqua Lake. It brought heavy rain and winds up to 125 miles per hour. First it hit Mark Jones' home, snapping three pine trees like twigs and dropping them onto the house. "I saw it coming right at me, and not to make light of it, I was really terrified," Jones said.
Some homes were spared from the twister, receiving minimal to no damage on homes just across the street from some of the most damaged houses. Steven Niedzwiecki lives three houses down from Mark Jones. "we only had to pick up a few branches and just down the street they've got a big tree uprooted."
Just a block south, the tornado uprooted a large tree that fell onto a nearby car with a person inside. The victim was treated for their injuries, which were not serious or life threatening.
After moving through a field and taking out trees as it went, the funnel cloud struck a local liquor store. It tore most of the roof off, raining heavily into the store, and depositing part of the roof across the street. "By the time I did get in, the water was up to my ankles, and there were bottles floating all over. Three quarters of the roof is gone, and a third of it is across the street by the lake," store manager Emily Livengood said.
The twister then headed through a lakeside park, producing even more damage. It traveled across the water and into a complex of condos, ripping the roof clean off.
Cleanup crews continued to work through today, cleaning up branches and trees, and repairing damage. No one was seriously injured or killed, but approximately 5 million dollars worth of damage was done by the tornado.