The National Weather Service in Buffalo confirmed yesterday that a tornado did touchdown on Monday during the massive storm system that moved across Western New York.

The tornado was confirmed to have touched down in the Town of Alexander and caused some damage to trees in the area. The tornado initially touched down just north of the Alexander Fire Department and Recreational Hall and damaged the roof of a pavilion. A nearby building had its metal roof peeled back and a trailer, with some supporting anchor braces, was rolled over on its side.


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The tornado was rated an EF-0 which is the least strong based on The Enhanced Fujita Scale. The EF Scale is broken into six different segments from 0 to 5.

Zero (F0)Weak40-72 mphLight Damage. Some damage to chimneys; branches broken off trees, shallow-rooted trees uprooted, signboards damaged.
One (F1)Weak73-112 mphModerate damage. Roof surfaces peeled off; mobile homes pushed foundations or overturned; moving autos pushed off-road.
Two (F2)Strong113-157 mphConsiderable damage. Roofs torn from frame houses; mobile homes demolished; boxcars pushed over; large trees snapped or uprooted; light objects become projectiles.
Three (F3)Strong158-206 mphSevere damage. Roofs and some walls torn from well-constructed houses; trains overturned; most trees in forested areas uprooted; heavy cars lifted and thrown.
Four (F4)Violent207-260 mphDevastating damage. Well-constructed houses leveled; structures with weak foundations blown some distance; cars thrown; large missiles generated.
Five (F5)Violent260-318 mphIncredible damage. Strong frame houses lifted off foundations, carried considerable distances, and disintegrated; auto-sized missiles airborne for several hundred feet or more; trees debarked.

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