It's not uncommon, but it's rare that we ever experience a tornado in the Southern Tier of New York. We see them touching down often in the midwest, the Mississippi Valley, and southern parts of the country. It's heartbreaking seeing the damage and loss of life that is left in its wake.

According to, 14 historical tornado events have been recorded with a magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Binghamton dating back to 1954. I remember the one in May of 1998. This tornado traveled from Tioga County, through Broome County, and into Delaware County, causing major destruction. Some of our radio stations sustained damage at our transmitter sites on Ingraham Hill in the Town of Binghamton.

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More recently, on September 21st, the National Weather Service in Binghamton confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down in Wayland, New York, located just west of Binghamton in Steuben County on September 19th, traveling for almost two miles with estimated peak winds of 90 miles per hour.

And on September 26th, the National Weather Service in Binghamton confirmed an EF-1 Tornado on September 25th that traveled 2.3 miles through the Walton, New York area in Delaware County. The NWS estimated the maximum winds at 95 miles per hour.

The National Weather Service in Binghamton spoke with area residents who confirmed that winds came from multiple directions during the storm. The storm resulted in some tree and structure damage throughout the tornado path.

An EF-1 tornado is one of six classifications and is considered a 'weak' tornado producing winds of 86 to 110 miles per hour. EF-4 and EF-5 tornadoes are classified as 'violent', the most dangerous tornadoes, An EF-4 is 166 to 200 miles per hour and an EF-5 is 200 miles per hour or more, according to the National Weather Service Binghamton. 

[via, National Weather Service Binghamton]

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