Steuben Co. tornado confirmed

By Michelle Costanza

Steuben Co. tornado confirmed

July 29, 2013 Updated Jul 28, 2013 at 11:59 PM EDT

Troupsburg, NY (WBNG Binghamton) An EF-1 tornado was confirmed by the National Weather Service after thunderstorms moved through Steuben County Saturday evening.

The tornado touched down three seperate times across a 14-mile long, and 500-yard wide path. After observing the area affected by the storm, the NWS team assessed that the tornado was on the ground for six of those miles.

The first touchdown occured just southwest of Troupsburg and tracked northeast between 6:10 PM and 6:40 PM. Maximum winds were estimated at near 100 mph, categorizing the tornado at EF-1 strength.

The tornado was embedded in an area of heavy downpours and thunderstorms moving through the region. Though a special weather statement was in effect for Steuben County at the time, no tornado warnings were issued by the National Weather Service.

The most accurate method for tornado detection is through radar returns detected close to the ground. Namely, a radar signature called a hook echo.

Due to the distance from the radar beam (and therefore taking into account the tendency of the beam to become distorted and less reliable), rotation -- detected by a hook echo -- proved very difficult to identify.

No injuries were reported, through structural damage occurred. Those destroyed included a barn and a greenhouse. Siding was taken off of a trailer, along with several reports of snapped trees and power lines.