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National Weather Service confirms EF-1 tornado in Reading, NY on Sunday

If the video and photo evidence shared across social media on Sunday evening were not enough, officials from the National Weather Service have now confirmed that an EF-1 tornado touched down on Sunday afternoon around 4:40 PM near Reading, NY in Schuyler county.

Video evidence of the twister that surfaced on Sunday night was very convincing, along with several other photographs that were determined to be legitimate. In addition, State Police on the scene reported heavy damage to a structure and what appeared to be a damage path.

Additional details on the path length and width of the tornado will be released later today as the survey is still ongoing. An EF-1 tornado averages winds between 86 and 110 mph. This is the eighth confirmed tornado touchdown in New York for 2014. An average year has ten tornado touchdowns, some years less and some years more.

Here is the full list of 2014 New York tornadoes:

  • May 22 - EF3 in Duanesburg, NY
  • June 17 - EF1 in Verona, NY
  • July 8 - EF2 in Smithfield, NY (four fatalities)
  • July 8 - EF1 in Lowville, NY
  • July 8 - EF-1 in Deerfield, NY
  • July 8 - EF-1 in New London, NY
  • July 13 - EF-1 in Reading, NY

The Enhanced F-scale is a set of wind estimates (not measurements) based on damage. Its uses three-second gusts estimated at the point of damage based on a judgment of 8 levels of damage to 28 indicators. These estimates vary with height and exposure. Important: The 3 second gust is not the same wind as in standard surface observations. Standard measurements are taken by weather stations in open exposures, using a directly measured, "one minute mile" speed.

Stay tuned for additional updates on this developing story.