Severe Storms

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More than 30,000 utility customers in eastern New York lost electricity after severe thunderstorms packing high winds knocked down trees and power lines across the region.

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The National Hurricane Center in Miami has generated a forecast track for Hurricane Joaquin that closely follows the path Superstorm Sandy took, raising a New York City strike higher on the list of possibilities. Even if it’s downgraded to a tropical storm, Joaquin may pack the punch of an Irene or Lee.   "Preparedness" is the buzzword.

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  The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado destroyed homes and property in central New York, and killed four people.

Violent winds Tuesday clocked in at least 100 miles per hour in the Madison county town of Smithfield, between Syracuse and Utica, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Barbara Watson. 

"It's going to be at least an EF2," Watson said. 

Severe Weather: The Before And After

May 23, 2014
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WAMC's David Guistina discusses the possible tornado in Schenectady County with Meteorologist Paul Caiano.

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Three Vermont counties have received federal disaster declarations in the wake of severe storms in May.