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000 NOUS41 KBUF 301957 PNSBUF NYZ003-310800- Public Information Statement National Weather Service Buffalo NY 357 PM EDT Thu Jul 30 2020 ...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 7/29/2020 TORNADO EVENT... .Tornado Confirmed in Southern Monroe County... Start Location...Wheatland Center in Monroe County, NY End Location...Scottsville in Monroe County, NY Date...July 29, 2020 Estimated Time...653 PM to 657 PM EDT Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF0 Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...75 mph Maximum Path Width...100 yards Path Length...4.2 miles Beginning Lat/Lon...43.0019/-77.8222 Ending Lat/Lon...43.0050/-77.7440 * Fatalities...0 * Injuries...0 ...Summary... A supercell thunderstorm developed over Genesee County and tracked east-southeast from just south of the interchange of the New York State Thruway and I-490. Scattered tree limb damage consistent with straight line winds was found along the Oatka Creek upon following the path of this storm into Monroe County starting just east of Beulah Road and continuing through Mumford. Damage became more concentrated upon crossing Wheatland Center Road and entering Oatka Creek Park. A grassy field was laid down flat in the opposite direction of the storm motion with tree damage to the south end of the field indicating rotation with several damage trees having broken to the northeast. Farther east, a partially- flattened corn field with two shallow-rooted uprooted trees along its southern periphery was coupled with several broken trees along a hiking path through Oatka Creek Park indicating opposing directional damage. Scattered damage continued farther east from Oatka Creek Park along Quaker Road south of Scottsville. A second more concentrated area of damage was found near the intersection of Quaker Road and Route 251. Several trees were downed along the hillside west of Route 251, into Route 251, and on the property at the southeast corner of Route 251 and Quaker Road. This included at least three uprooted shallow-rooted trees and one approximately five foot diameter broken and twisted hardwood tree along with many downed smaller limbs that indicated a convergent damage path. Due to the fact that the majority of the path of this storm was along Oatka Creek and through the Oatka Creek Park and in an area that is primarily rural, there was no damage to any structures. Because of this, the National Weather Service use exclusively tree damage indicators to reach a conclusion of an EF0 strength and maximum wind speed of 75 mph. The National Weather Service extends its sincere gratitude to the Monroe County Emergency Management Office for their considerable assistance in the storm survey today. EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the following categories: EF0...Weak......65 to 85 mph EF1...Weak......86 to 110 mph EF2...Strong....111 to 135 mph EF3...Strong....136 to 165 mph EF4...Violent...166 to 200 mph EF5...Violent...>200 mph * The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS Storm Data. $$ Fries

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