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National Weather Service in Binghamton Investigating Reports of Tornado in Cortland County


Update 8/8/2023 7:00pm: A tornado was confirmed by the NWS. View story HERE

A trained spotter for the National Weather Service (NWS) as well as numerous videos and photos posted on social media showed images of a tornado in Cortland County yesterday evening, but the NWS is sending out a team to the Harford and Virgil areas for confirmation.

A representative from the National Weather Service said to X101 News the investigation team plans to be in the area of Harford and Virgil by this afternoon (Tuesday). Information on whether a tornado did in fact strike Cortland County is expected to be released later today.

Video submitted on Facebook from Jill Washburn.

Image via Dryden Fire Department

A tornado warning was issued around 5:20 Monday evening after the NWS reported a strong storm passing through South Cortland County traveling northeast. It was then reported around 5:30 that a tornado was near McGraw. Additional reports show the tornado in the Harford and Dryden area as well.

Damage after the storm was reported in numerous areas including the Town of Dryden, Harford, Virgil, and McGraw areas. Power poles were ripped down on Route 38, shutting down the road in both directions for hours.

A barn roof was confirmed to be blown off at a residence on Clute Road in the Town of Virgil as well as numerous trees falling both on Clute Road and West River Road.

Damage on Clute Road. X101 Photo

No injuries from the storm have been reported.

X101 News will provide an update once available from the NWS.

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