No injuries reported after tornado touches down in Corfu
Submitted by Howard Owens on July 25, 2009 - 5:39pm
Ritchie Kirkum submitted this photo, which
he shot (he received as a SMS message) in East Pembroke.
UPDATE: Picture submitted by Ian Cromwell
A funnel cloud, or tornado touched down in Corfu just before 5 p.m. knocking down about 15 power polls and numerous trees.
There is some building damage, but no serious damage has been reported so far.
No injuries have been reported.
The tornado was tracked by the National Weather Service heading toward Oakfield and was expected to reach there at 5:20 p.m.
The tornado has apparently not touched down elsewhere in Genesee County by 5:35 p.m. and was moving into Orleans County (if it still exists).
There has been the smell of natural gas in the village and work crews are being dispatched to shut down utilities, with an ETA of 25 to 60 minutes.
Portions of routes 33 and 77 have been shut down.
UPDATE 5:44 p.m.: Tornado warning has been cancelled.
UPDATE: Audio interviews with witnesses, unedited:
UPDATE: Audio interview with the Corfu Fire Chief.
UPDATE: photo submission by a reader who asked to remain anonymous
Heather Wooton submitted this photo from her backyard in Holley.
UPDATE: 10:13 p.m. Finally back from the scene, had some dinner ... my battery died out in Corfu, so I'll be doing some more updates now.
Submitted by Beverly Hensel.
A reader submitted this photo. I've seen it on the cellphones of multiple people. It may be the most widely distributed cellphone picture of the twister. TV news crews at the scene were complaining that they couldn't use it because nobody knows who took it. We here at The Batavian are quite confident it hasn't been doctored in PhotoShop. That just seems highly unlikely, so no concern about sharing it with you.