History of Tornadoes in WNY

May 20, 2013 Updated May 20, 2013 at 11:25 PM EDT

By Allen Leight

May 20, 2013 Updated May 20, 2013 at 11:25 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The Western New York region does not see tornado activity often, but there have been a number of powerful and deadly tornadoes to hit the area over the past 30 years.

According to statistics from the National Weather Service, the WNY region averages about 2 tornadoes each year. There have been a total of 11 tornadoes in Erie County alone in the past 30 years.

The last deadly tornado to strike the region happened in 1993, when an F-1 tornado killed two in Batavia in Genesee County.

The strongest tornado to ever hit the region happened back in 1985 in Clymer in Cattaraugus County.

The last two to twisters to hit the region happened just minutes apart in 2011 in Chautauqua County. The two EF-2 tornadoes caused heavy damage but no injuries.

Before that, two late July tornadoes hit touched down in the area. One hit Corfu in Genesee County, the other hit Onoville in Allegany County.

One of the most powerful and memorable tornadoes to hit the area happened in 1987, when a powerful F-2 tore through Cheektowaga. That tornado injured one and caused millions of dollars in damage.

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