It took just two minutes for a tornado to carve a nearly two-mile long path across the town north of Ballard Road during Friday night’s storm, the National Weather Service at Albany said Saturday.
“It sounded like a freight train,” Teri Lis said Saturday, describing the roar of wind that crossed through her Woodward Road neighborhood at about 6 p.m. Friday.
Lis lives within sight of the intersection of Nichols and Woodward roads where the weather service reported the tornado started its run east toward Blanchard Road about a mile north of the Target warehouse complex. Lis also said hail fell “fast and furious” as the wind picked up.
The twister packed wind speeds between 85 and 90 mph and was on the ground for about two miles before lifting off near the intersection of Wilton-Gansevoort and Blanchard roads.
The tornado snapped a number of trees, dropped some uprooted trees on homes, knocked out electricity, tore apart power lines and poles and ripped down street signs when it carved its way through the town. It ripped sheeting off of a local warehouse and threw a trailer onto a nearby van.
No injuries were reported.
This was the second time within a year that Saratoga County experienced tornado activity. The previous one touched down in Eddy’s Corners in Saratoga Springs with wind speeds of 105 mph and moved about a half mile east to Gilbert Road, the weather service said at the time.
National Grid crews worked along Ballard Road and Corinth Mountain Road repairing downed lines. A cluster of repair crews worked at the intersection of Parkhurst and Corinth Mountain roads. Power was off along Ballard Road between Route 9 and the Northway. The Stewart’s store on Ballard Road was running on a generator as customers poured in and out.
Parts of the region were still recovering from the storm Saturday morning. The weather service is investigating whether wind damage Friday in the Argyle-Salem area in Washington County was caused by another tornado, said meteorologist Joe Villani.
About 6,000 National Grid customers were still without power early Saturday evening. The storms took out power for more than 30,000 National Grid customers in the Saratoga Springs area at one point, according to the company.
The American Red Cross said it provided financial assistance for food, shelter and clothes to two people at a trailer park at Route 9N in Greenfield Center and two more at a Peters Road residence in Gansevoort. The Northeastern New York Chapter said it also aided five adults in a Gloversville residence.
Courtesy of timesunion.com