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Title: Tornado crossing NYS Thruway near Amsterdam
Post by: froggie on September 04, 2011, 08:38:47 PM

Right near the Mohawk Travel Plaza just east of Amsterdam.  You can see flashing around 5:30, then the tornado itself around 5:50.

Curious if Jim Teresco saw anything.
Title: Re: Tornado crossing NYS Thruway near Amsterdam
Post by: Jim on September 04, 2011, 09:24:38 PM
Lots and lots of lightning and heavy rain here.  It rained harder in this storm than at any point in the tropical storm, just only for a half hour instead of all day.  We were in the same storm here on the west side of Amsterdam, but the tornado formed after it passed here and further south in the line.  It's just a few miles to our southeast where it crossed the Thruway then the Mohawk River to do some damage in Cranesville along NY 5.  I'm sure I'll take a ride tomorrow to see what I can see.  Latest reports are that there was some damage to homes and trees, but thankfully no injuries yet.

It crossed right about the time when I'd often be on my way home on the Thruway on many weekdays.
Title: Re: Tornado crossing NYS Thruway near Amsterdam
Post by: froggie on September 04, 2011, 09:42:18 PM
Was this today?  Or yesterday?
Title: Re: Tornado crossing NYS Thruway near Amsterdam
Post by: Jim on September 04, 2011, 11:07:23 PM
Today (9/4), a little after 5:30 PM.
Title: Re: Tornado crossing NYS Thruway near Amsterdam
Post by: vdeane on September 05, 2011, 12:01:30 PM
And in Potsdam it was sunny with light rain today.  :-o Do we even get weather up here any more?
Title: Re: Tornado crossing NYS Thruway near Amsterdam
Post by: Jim on September 05, 2011, 09:01:50 PM
We took a ride out along NY 5 through Cranesville late this afternoon.  The damage is impressive to see.  Suddenly approaching Lock 10 and Cranes Hollow Road eastbound, the familiar trees are gone or stripped bare.  Large branches on houses all over, and some tarps on roofs.  And dozens of utility trucks.  We went up Swart Hill Road and then up Greens Corners Road and could see another place where the tornado crossed the road, but it was clearly much weaker by the time it got up there.

The scope of these kinds of things is always easier to grasp when it's in such a familiar place (as was the case with the floods a week ago).  I remember going through Mechanicville not long after the tornado there several years ago, but it wasn't a place I knew this well.  This was a relatively weak (EF1) tornado and fortunately no one was hurt, but certainly more than enough for people around here.

I'll be taking the Thruway to work tomorrow morning.  I'm sure it will not be hard to figure out where the tornado crossed.
Title: Re: Tornado crossing NYS Thruway near Amsterdam
Post by: froggie on September 06, 2011, 10:32:22 AM
Just east of the Plaza, I would imagine...
Title: Re: Tornado crossing NYS Thruway near Amsterdam
Post by: Jim on September 06, 2011, 01:57:21 PM
Just east of the Plaza, I would imagine...

As you'd guess from the video, yes.  It was pretty obvious when I got there from the mangled and downed trees, but the tornado was definitely stronger on the north side of the river in Cranesville.
Title: Re: Tornado crossing NYS Thruway near Amsterdam
Post by: cu2010 on September 06, 2011, 04:07:12 PM
And in Potsdam it was sunny with light rain today.  :-o Do we even get weather up here any more?

In the winter. :p