AMSTERDAM National Weather Service officials said Sunday night they could not officially confirm that a tornado touched down in Montgomery County that same evening, but that “compelling video evidence” led them to believe it was true.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement saying that a tornado appeared to have touched down in the area, which is in Montgomery County which sustained significant damage last week from Hurricane Irene.
The governor said there were no reports of serious injuries, but there “are reports of damage to numerous structures.”
Cuomo said he had dispatched the state police and urban search and rescue personnel to lead the state’s response and to assess damage. The search and rescue personnel were already in the area because of the hurricane.
National Weather Service meteorologist George Maglaras said a woman who once interned with the NWS captured video of a funnel forming in what was believed to be the Cranesville area of the town of Amsterdam.
The video appears to show the tornado crossing I-90 near the Mohawk rest area.
They will not know if the storm truly formed a tornado until experts can survey the area today.
If there was a tornado, Marlaras said. they will be able to determine its size, where it formed and how much damage it caused.
They will then know then size of the tornado, precisely where it formed, and the amount of damage it caused, said Marlaras.
Cuomo’s statement said utility crews were in the area to restore electricity to any customers who might have been affected by the storm.