Stories Emerge As Tornado Clean Up Gets Underway

July 25, 2010 Updated Jul 25, 2010 at 11:39 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

July 25, 2010 Updated Jul 25, 2010 at 11:39 PM EDT

A family in Dewittville captured one of the twisters on home video. At a wind speed of 125 miles per hour, a funnel cloud travelled 6 1/2 miles through the Village of Mayville tearing up everything in its path. Under the light of day residents finally got a chance to see the extent of the damage Sunday. Huge trees snapped like twigs and were uprooted from the ground.

"It levelled just about every tree and anything that was in it's way, it just about decimated it," said Scott Smith of Aspen Tree Company.

As workers were busy clearing debris and trying to get power restored, the personal stories of the storm began coming to light. At a dairy farm in the Village of Randolph, the site of another tornado, witnesseses reported seeing the wind send at least 50 cows flying.

"They just took off! They said they were 100 feet in the air, and away they went," said David Beaver of Beaver Dairy Farm.

Most of the cows came back. They found one dead and a hand-full more are still missing. Meanwhile, Steve Elliott, the owner of Chautauqua Points Golf Course says hid inside on the floor during the storm. When he came out he saw a fleet of his golf carts on fire from a downed power line.

"I might have saved two out of 28 maybe," said Elliott.

At a condominium complex in Mayville residents were left with caved in walls and ripped off roofs. Nonetheless, many say they are lucky to be alive thanks to weather alerts and good neighbors.

"Our neighbor she's in her 80s and she was trapped in the house and we had to break down the door in the basement to get her out," said Mike Eddy, a resident of the Town of Randolph.