PUTNAM COUNTY, NY — Two tornadoes touched down in Putnam County as severe thunderstorms tored through the region Tuesday, the National Weather Service confirmed Wednesday.
The two twisters hit in two Putnam County towns about 10 miles from each other. An EF2 tornado with estimated peak winds of 110 mph moved through a path of 100 yards in Kent. A slightly weaker tornado hit Patterson. The EF1 storm moved through a discontinuous path of 75 yards in Patterson with estimated peak winds of 100 mph.
A third tornado hit Newburgh in Orange County. The EF0 tornado moved through a path of 674 yards with estimated peak winds of 85 mph, according to the National Weather Service.
National Weather Service meteorologists will release more information on the storms later Wednesday.
Putnam County is currently in a state of emergency.
At the height of the storm, over 200,000 utility customers were without power, mainly in the Mid-Hudson Region. Two people – including an 11-year-old girl – were killed during the storm.
The severe weather ripped trees and power lines from the ground. About 30,000 people were still without power in Putnam on Wednesday afternoon.