Syracuse, NY – A suspected tornado touched down in the city today near Letchworth State Park in the same area where a barn collapse was reported.
The line of storms is moving east and is expected to arrive in central New York by early afternoon. Severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued in the Finger Lakes counties of Yates and Steuben as the storms track east.
A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for all of upstate New York east of the Finger Lakes, including central New York. Watch is in effect until 8 p.m.
“Heavy gusts damaging trees are likely to be the main threat,” the National Weather Service said.
A watch means the weather conditions are conducive to destructive storms. Today’s watch indicates that a few tornadoes are possible.
The National Weather Service said a tornado was seen on radar near the village of Warsaw, Wyoming County, about 15 miles west of Letchworth. The Weather Service spotted the tornado on radar at 10:53 a.m. as the storm moved through southern Wyoming County. The report of the barn collapse came in at 10:32 a.m. No injuries were reported.
The weather service usually sends a team of meteorologists to the scene of a suspected tornado to take measurements and confirm if it was indeed a tornado.