Posted at: 05/30/2013 3:20 PM
| Updated at: 05/30/2013 11:32 PM
By: WNYT Staff
This photo of the funnel was taken in Schenectady and posted to the NewsChannel 13 Facebook page.
It’s official. Two tornados hit parts of the Capital Region Wednesday night.
The National Weather Service made the confirmations Thursday after investigating storm damage as well as pictures of the clouds.
They rated the twister that affected Montgomery County to Rotterdam and Schenectady as an EF-2 with maximum winds of 125 miles per hour. The most severe rating is EF-5 with winds over 200 miles per hour. This tornado was one mile wide followed a 17-mile path from Florida in Montgomery County to Rotterdam and Schenectady.
The second tornado that touched down Wednesday night was in Schoharie County. After touching down between Summit and East Jefferson, the EF-1 tornado followed a two-mile path. It was about 200 yards wide with a maximum wind speed of 100 miles per hour.
Although both storms caused a lot of damage, no one was seriously injured.
The damage in and around Mariaville Lake, in Schenectady County, was wicked and widespread. Once towering trees were either uprooted or else snapped in half like pretzels. Roofs were blown entirely off some buildings, and some buildings were on the verge of imminent collapse.
Electric wires were left dangling, utility poles were splintered, and street lights hanged a few feet from the ground.
When the storm passed over Mariaville Lake on Wednesday night, Bob Cutitta and his family ran next door to his mother's house on South Shore Drive to huddle in the basement.
"I don't get scared easy, but I was nervous," Bob confessed. "We heard the warning that Mariaville was going to get hit with a possible tornado, and Mariaville doesn't get recognition for anything so we took notice."
"It was really dark and it was different compared to every storm you usually see," said Nikki Cutitta, Bob's daughter. "It was scary."
Both Cutitta's said the noise was nearly overwhelming.
"When they say it sounds like a locomotive, it sounded exactly like a locomotive," said Bob.