Tornado uproots trees and causes property damage near Catskills

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A weak tornado touched down in Delaware County on Sunday, toppling several trees and causing property damage along a 2.3-mile path in the Walton area.

The National Weather Service office in Binghamton confirmed the storm was a tornado after a crew inspected damage in the area.

The tornado remained on the ground for about three minutes between 5:38 p.m. and 5:41 p.m. Sunday, the weather service said.

Based on the damage, it appeared the tornado touched down with an Enhanced Fujita Scale rating of zero, the lowest rank, meaning it was blowing 65 to 85 mph.

Surveyors determined the storm had strengthened to an EF1, with wind speeds between 86 and 110 mph, by the time its destructive trail ended.

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The team first noted tornado damage along Walton Mountain Road, where trees fell in a converging pattern. Residents told surveyors the winds were coming from multiple directions, with patio furniture and part of a patio railing blowing northwest while backyard trees were downed facing southwest.

Surveyors noted sporadic damage to trees along Route 10 at an auto repair shop, where sheet metal had been ripped from the roof and thrown about 100 yards.

From there, damage resumed across the West Branch of the Delaware River along South River Road. Sporadic tree damage continued along the south bank of the river to just south of South River Road, with the worst tree damage occurring near the end of the tornado’s path, according to the weather service.

Damage included numerous large trees that were snapped or uprooted and fell cross stitch for a section of forest about 300 meters long and 50 meters wide, indicating the tornado had intensified to an EF1 rating. .

No injuries were reported.

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