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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Binghamton NY
243 PM EST Fri Mar 1 2024

...NWS Damage Survey for February 28 Castle Creek Tornado...

.Castle Creek Tornado...

Rating:                 EF1
Estimated Peak Wind:    100 mph
Path Length /statute/:  0.61 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   150 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             02/28/2024
Start Time:             05:19 PM EST
Start Location:         1 S Castle Creek / Broome County / NY
Start Lat/Lon:          42.2196 / -75.9215

End Date:               02/28/2024
End Time:               05:21 PM EST
End Location:           1 SE Castle Creek / Broome County / NY
End Lat/Lon:            42.2224 / -75.9103

Survey Summary:
The National Weather Service confirms that an EF1 tornado
occurred Wednesday evening in Broome County New York,
just south of the hamlet of Castle Creek. On February 28th,
a line of showers and thunderstorms along a powerful cold
front, produced widespread winds of 40-55 mph across the area.
However, embedded within the line, a shortly-lived tornado
spun up on Brooks Road, just west of its intersection with
Route 11 Castle Creek Road. The tornado then crossed Route 11
with a path of enhanced damage especially focused on two
properties between Route 11 and Interstate 81. Numerous large
trees, a mix of softwoods and hardwoods, were uprooted or
snapped. A large chimney came down on the roof of a residence,
damaging it. A gazebo on the property was lofted and destroyed.
A barn of the same residence had an entire wall and portions of
the roof sheared off of the structure. Pieces of the
barn could be found in the form of missiles, deeply impaling the
ground. Numerous tree branches and other wood pieces throughout
the path similarly impaled the ground. As the tornado continued,
it moved two hay wagons at least 100 feet, totally dismantling
one of them and heavily bending the other. A corridor of tree
damage could be found in the woods across the field, before it
ended at the Castle Creek stream itself just before reaching
Interstate 81.

The NWS in Binghamton would like to thank Broome County Emergency
Services, Chief Ellis of Chenango Fire, and impacted citizens;
who greatly assisted in this survey with their accounts and


EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the
following categories:

EF0.....65 to 85 mph
EF1.....86 to 110 mph
EF2.....111 to 135 mph
EF3.....136 to 165 mph
EF4.....166 to 200 mph
EF5.....>200 mph

The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the events and publication in
NWS Storm Data.

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