JAVA, N.Y. (WKBW) — The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF2 tornado touched down in Wyoming County Thursday morning.
The EF2 tornado, with maximum wind speeds of approximately 115 mph and an estimated path width of about 200 yards, touched down around 10:40 a.m.
The NWS said it remained on the ground for about 15 minutes and traveled around 10 miles from Chaffee Road in East Arcade, followed Route 78 to the east, and came off the ground west of Route 19.
A Tornado Warning was issued by the NWS around 10:40 a.m. and it was in place until 11:15 a.m. The locations impacted by the warning included: Letchworth State Park, Perry, Warsaw, Portageville, Nunda, Pike, Castile, Silver Springs, and Gainesville.
7 News was on the scene in Java where a barn collapsed. The Director of Emergency Services for Wyoming County told 7 News there was substantial damage to both the barn and house.
On the scene here in Java where a barn has collapsed. The Director of Emergency Services for Wyoming County tells me there is substantial damage to both the barn and house. Says strong winds were in area. NWS investigation reports of a Tornado @wkbw #Buffalo pic.twitter.com/0XuCKOWtME— Jeff Russo (@JeffRussoWKBW) July 28, 2022
Our crew was able to speak with the owner, Sam Marlett, who moved in about a year ago. Marlett said her family and all the animals are safe.
To clarify. Sam and her family just moved into the barn here a year ago. She was inside her home with her children when winds came through. @WKBW— Jeff Russo (@JeffRussoWKBW) July 28, 2022
In the player above you can find a video from viewer Michael Brown of the collapsed barn as well as downed trees in the area of Youngers Road and NYS Route 78.
On Friday the Wyoming County Office of Emergency Services released the following details:
- 24 structures with reported damage
- Most significant damage includes two (2) barns which were completely demolished, three (3) garages/barns with major damage, eight (8) houses with moderate damage and eleven (11) other properties with minor damage
- Damage to structures is estimated to be over $1.2 million
- One family was assisted by the American Red Cross that was unable to return to their home
- At the peak of this incident there were 1,436 without power
- Power was restored to all of these residents by 9:00 pm Thursday
- Route 78 was closed between Chaffee Road and Route 362 for a total of four (4) hours while crews worked to remove over a dozen trees that had fallen across the roadway
Officials said if you experienced damage to any personal property, including homes, sheds, barns or automobiles, you are asked to send pictures along with your name, address, phone number, the estimated amount of damage and if your property is insured to email@example.com.
"The Emergency Services Office is working with New York State to determine if necessary thresholds have been met for any assistance," a release says.