People sort through debris of a destroyed house after Tuesday night's storm, on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Smithfield, N.Y. The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado destroyed the homes in upstate New York where four people were killed.(AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Weather Service: Tornado hit Homes Where 4 Died
SMITHFIELD, N.Y. (AP) - The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado destroyed the homes in upstate New York where four people were killed.
Barbara Watson, the meteorologist leading the agency's survey team says that the violent winds Tuesday were at least 100 mph and reached undetermined higher speeds to cause the damage they're seeing in the town of Smithfield, between Syracuse and Utica.
She says Wednesday that one two-story home is gone, the structure blown away and leaving only the foundation.
Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley says the home was blown hundreds of feet before it landed on an unoccupied house.
He identified the victims as a 35-year-old woman and her 4-month-old daughter, a 70-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man.
Severe thunderstorms packing strong winds swept through a number of Eastern states on Tuesday, killing five people.