No tornado confirmed in upstate NY, weather service now reports

Posted: 3:44 PM, May 15, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-15 22:02:17-04

It may have looked like a tornado tore through, but it wasn’t a tornado.

A trained storm spotter incorrectly reported a tornado in Eldred, NY in Sullivan County on Tuesday.

The tornado was falsely reported around 3:30 p.m. The National Weather Service’s ‘s Binghamton office, which issued the report, later clarified there were no confirmed tornados. Officials say the spotter did not sight a tornado on the ground, but only phoned in a report of damage in the area of Yulan.

“We do NOT have a confirmed tornado in Sullivan county (or elsewhere) at this time,” the National Weather Service said. “We will be sorting through damage reports and consulting with local emergency management officials to determine the need, and location of any storm damage surveys. Apologies for the confusion.”

Tornado warnings were issued for parts of the Catskills and Hudson Valley. There was also a tornado watch for the Sullivan, Ulster, and Dutchess counties until 8 p.m. Orange County was also under a tornado warning. The rest of the region is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 11 p.m.

Right now, forecasts show the main line of storms will cross through the city between 5 and 7 p.m., with showers lingering afterward.

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While the risk of a tornado is less, we cannot rule one out. The main threat is damaging winds and some large hail. Torrential downpours and frequent lightning is to expected with these storms when they pass.

Winds could be around 70 mph.