Although thunderstorms are usually associated with summer in the northeastern United States, fall has produced its fair share of intense weather as well. That’s exactly what happened on Wednesday over Upstate New York and New England, when a line of severe thunderstorms struck the region. This included an EF0 tornado that touched down in Montgomery County, NY.
Most of the damage was the result of very strong straight-line winds. A wind gust of 88 mph was reported on Mount Tom in Massachusetts. Winds at nearby Barnes Airport in Westfield officially gusted to 74 mph. In New York State, a gust of 68 mph was reported at Albany International Airport. It the strongest wind gust reported at the airport for the month of October since records have been kept.
The winds knocked down scores of trees and powerlines across the area. After the storms, more than 210,000 customers were without power in Massachusetts with an additional 70,000 in the dark in Upstate New York. Fortunately for the storm-battered region, no more severe weather is in the forecast for the foreseeable future.