People sort through debris of a destroyed house after Tuesday night's storm, on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Smithfield, N.Y. Mike Groll/AP Photo
5 New York Tornadoes from Tuesday Storms Confirmed
(AP) -- The National Weather Service has confirmed that five tornados touched down in upstate New York during severe storms that killed four people.
The worst devastation Tuesday was in the town of Smithfield, between Utica and Syracuse. Four people were killed and several homes were destroyed or damaged. 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 in Smithfield.
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Meteorologists say twisters also touched down Tuesday evening in the hamlet of North Creek in the Adirondacks, in Lowville east of the Tug Hill Plateau, in Deerfield south of Utica and in New London, just west of Rome.
Dozens of trees and power lines were knocked down in those areas as tens of thousand lost power.