Tornadoes strike western New York

July 26, 2009 at 3:48 PM
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ROCHESTER, N.Y., July 26 (UPI) -- Western New York residents were cleaning up Sunday after tornadoes ripped through the area, officials said.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo, N.Y., said a tornado touched down in Hilton, N.Y., about 18 miles northwest of Rochester, at 6 p.m. Saturday, while 30 homes and businesses were damaged when a twister struck Darien and Corfu, N.Y., located 35 miles east of Buffalo, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported.

No one was injured in the severe weather, officials said.

Officials said the Darien-Corfu tornado packed winds of 86 to 100 mph, carving a 4-mile swath of destruction. reported that power lines were downed and debris was scattered along Routes 33 and 77, forcing the closures of stretches of the highways.

The weather Web site predicted continued severe weather for the U.S. Northeast Sunday afternoon and evening, with Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington possibly seeing damaging wind gusts, hail and an isolated tornado.

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