HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WETM-TV) – Friday July 19th brought plenty of active weather to the Twin Tiers with a few severe thunderstorms warnings being issued by the National Weather Service in Binghamton.
Many reports of trees down and power poles snapped came out of Horseheads and 18 News was alerted to this damage. There were concerns regarding what caused this damage and if it was a tornado or not.
18 Storm Team Meteorologist Austin Evans spoke with Bryan Greenblatt, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Binghamton to get his thoughts on what caused the damage in Horseheads.
Bryan said that the damage was not caused by a tornado and that radar indicated straight line winds were the cause of the damage. Straight line winds can often be more widespread whereas tornado damage usually has a path and damage converging to a point.
Straight line wind damage usually follows the same direction and can happen over several miles rather. The NWS defines damaging winds as winds that reach 50 to 60 miles per hour or above.
Bryan goes on to stress that no matter which event you are faced with, a tornado or straight line winds, that they are equally dangerous. Always take shelter inside during a severe thunderstorm warning and stay away from windows. If a tornado warning is issued, take shelter in an interior room.
In the event severe weather threatens the Twin Tiers the 18 Storm Team will provide the coverage to help keep you safe.