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I would say from my limited experience and viewing the damage that this was definitely a tornado albeit a weak one. Cars were pushed into each other, windows in the cars all blown out, metal from the fairgrounds was littered all over and wrapped around other metal. Large branches were all over the place. I'd say EF 0 or EF 1 damage. Winds had to be at least 90 mph to push cars into each other.

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1 minute ago, OceanStWx said:

Definitely a tornado, most likely higher than EF0. Some damage looks like it could be pushing EF2 (TDS was tall enough to support it too).

I think you're right. At least EF1 with some of the damage pics I'm seeing now. Thanks for your post about the TDS! Have so much to learn about the severe side of weather.

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State of Emergency declared in the Town of Hamburg. Supervisor Steve Walters said there are many power crews in town working on hard hit areas around Clark Street after possible tornado.

Supervisor Walters asking people to not go out sightseeing so crews won't be hampered.

Hamburg Fairgrounds had widespread damage.

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Confirmed EF2!

NOUS41 KBUF 202344

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Buffalo NY
744 PM EDT Thu Jul 20 2017



Location...Hamburg in Erie County New York
Date...July 20 2017
Estimated Time...1230 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF2
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...105 MPH
Maximum Path Width...700 yards
Path Length...5 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...42.75N / 78.81W
Ending lat/Lon...42.72N / 78.74W
* Fatalities...None
* Injuries...No direct

Location...Holland in Erie County New York
Date...July 20 2017
Estimated Time...1250 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...95 MPH
Maximum Path Width...500 yards
Path Length...2.5 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...42.65N / 78.56W
Ending lat/Lon...42.64N / 78.52W
* Fatalities...None
* Injuries...No direct

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in
NWS Storm Data.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo NY has confirmed a
thunderstorm moving across southern Erie County produced to

The storm moved onshore from Lake Erie with damage beginning in
Hamburg before moving across Orchard Park. Windows of hundreds of
car windows were blown out at the Hamburg Fairgrounds where trees
were downed and several buildings including the Grandstand
sustained damage. The tornado continued across the Chestnut Ridge
Park and the Town of Orchard Park causing more structural and tree

About ten miles further down along the thunderstorm`s path, a
second tornado touched down in the Town of Holland. Several
structures were damaged with a significant amount of tree damage.
Roads were blocked and wires were downed. Tracks of the Norfolk
Southern Railway were blocked in several places by large downed

This information can also be found on our website at

For reference: the Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes
into the following categories:

EF0...Wind speeds 65 to 85 mph
EF1...Wind speeds 86 to 110 mph
EF2...Wind speeds 111 to 135 mph
EF3...Wind speeds 136 to 165 mph
EF4...Wind speeds 166 to 200 mph
EF5...Wind speeds greater than 200 mph


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14 minutes ago, OSUmetstud said:

Did it miss the center of Hamburg to the north and go out the fairground and SE?  

Looks like it just missed a direct hit in the village.  Crude map I marked up with what I've seen so far...

1.  Damage to hotel and restaurant.

2.  Extensive damage around the fairgrounds. 

3.  Residential area around Best Street in OP looks like a bomb went off almost every tree in the neighborhood looks torn to shreds.


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