Weather service: Tornado hit homes where four died
The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado destroyed the homes in upstate New York where four people were killed.
Barbara Watson, the meteorologist leading the agency's survey team says that the violent winds Tuesday were at least 100 mph and reached undetermined higher speeds to cause the damage they're seeing in the town of Smithfield, between Syracuse and Utica.
She says Wednesday that one two-story home is gone, the structure blown away and leaving only the foundation.
Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley says the home was blown hundreds of feet before it landed on an unoccupied house.
He identified the victims as a 35-year-old woman and her 4-month-old daughter, a 70-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man.Around 200,000 homes were without power Wednesday following the storms, and there was widespread damage.
Injuries and damage from Tuesday's fast-moving storms were not limited to New York state. In Maryland, a child at a summer camp was killed by a falling tree. Three small tornadoes touched down in Ohio and at least one other was sighted in Pennsylvania, where more than 300,000 lost power at the peak of the storms.
Also, severe thunderstorms spawned at least one tornado in Mercer county in northwestern Pennsylvania. Early Wednesday, more than 123,000 across the state remained without power, including 66,000 in Philadelphia and its suburbs. The NWS said possible tornadoes were also reported in Perry, Bedford and Sullivan counties in central Pennsylvania.
The National Weather Service said three small tornadoes touched down in northeastern Ohio, causing minor damage, as strong storms moved across the state.
In New Jersey, nearly 15,000 homes and businesses remained without power Wednesday.
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