Updated: Tornado Confirmed in Tompkins County

By Haley Burton

April 28, 2011 Updated Apr 28, 2011 at 11:16 PM EDT

Town of Danby, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The National Weather Service confirms a tornado touched down in Danby early Thursday morning.

Massive clean-up efforts are underway as many homes were damaged.

The National Weather Service says the EF1 tornado touched down around 1:40 A.M. Thursday. It's estimated maximum wind speed was 100 MPH.

"Around here, it doesn't happen very often. Whoever hears of a twister hitting Central New York?" said Tom McGill of Danby.

The tornado left its mark on Danby Road. A 70 foot pine collapsed on top of a home.

"In the bedroom where the tenant was sleeping, the tree came in and luckily didn't hurt her or the inside of the house too bad." said McGill, the homeowner who rents out the property to tenants.

McGill says when the tree fell on top of the house, it punctured the roof. He also says there's also siding damage to the home and tree damage.

Next door neighbor Tom McCollister's yard is filled with limbs and a now broken fence.

"We went around this morning and we counted about 20 trees that have come down, roots and all," said McCollister.

With his home weather machine, McCollister measured 90.3 miles per hour winds early Thursday morning.

Tompkins County Emergency Response says 3 dozen homes have minor to moderate damage and several have more severe damage.

There were no reports of injuries.

It says the storm track was in the area of Jersey Hill Road and extended east northeast about 5 miles.

Jersey Hill Road was blocked off most of the afternoon as NYSEG crews picked up downed trees and worked on lines.

One worker told Action News he had been on the job in Danby since 3 A.M.

For McGill, he says clean-up will take at least a couple of weeks. The tenant is able to live in the house in an extra bedroom.

"This could've been a devastating accident and I'm very thankful," said McGill.

National Weather Service also confirms straight line wind damage near Danby.

Another tornado has been confirmed to hit Thursday morning in Erin in Chemung County.

It was an EF2, which is classified by winds between 111 and 135 miles per hour.

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