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NWS: Microburst, not a tornado, caused severe damage in Enfield, Tompkins County

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The destructive aftermath of Monday night’s storm in the Town of Enfield, west of Ithaca, was the result of a microburst, not a tornado, says the National Weather Service in Binghamton.


The storm’s straight line winds, estimated to peak at 100 mph, are believed to have destroyed two barns, uprooted numerous trees, and created a divergent path of downed trees in the eastward direction of the storm.

Photo provided by National Weather Service.

The epicenter of the microburst likely occurred at the intersection of Hayts Road & Sheffield Road in Enfield, where two barns were lifted off their foundations and largely displaced.

As the damage path extended eastward along Hayts Road, an increasing number of trees were observed uprooted and downed in varying directions, indicative of a wind pool spreading from a microburst. The National Weather Service noted that the details provided in the report are preliminary and could be revised pending a final review of the storm event.