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National Weather Service says tornado hit Oswego County

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After part of Central New York spent much of Monday evening under a tornado warning, the National Weather Service confirms one did touch down in Oswego County. It happened just before 8:30 p.m. in Palermo. That's where storm teams were Tuesday assessing the damage. Our Andy Mattison has more on what they look for when making the determination.

OSWEGO COUNTY, N.Y. -- If you need evidence of how bad Monday's storm was, look no further than this farm in Palermo.

"The pole barn roof is gone. Two buildings are gone there was roofing on the house that was flying in the breeze and it was just amazing the amount of destruction in such a short amount of time," said Palermo resident Margaret Meldrim.

That destruction brought storm teams to the area Tuesday to determine if the damage was caused by a tornado.

"If you were to come out here and see all this damage. It just looks like a lot of damage to the naked eye, but to us, we're looking for the subtle things," said National Weather Service Meteorologist Erik Heden.

Between the structure damage, fallen tree branches and debris, the storm team has a lot of damage to look at. But in determining whether a tornado hit, they're not just looking at what kind of damage happened, but the direction of it as well.

"With this case we see a lot of the damage that's pointing in one direction, but some small subtle things, some mud splatter, some two by fours, also some pieces of a metal roof that is pointing in the opposite direction. That would be a sign of rotation or a tornado," said Heden.

Part of the investigation included talking to the Meldrims, who spent Tuesday picking up the pieces.

"I think it was a tornado. It's nothing like I've ever seen before. It's not something we expect here. What we expect here is snow damage, hail damage, that kind of thing, but not a tornado," said Margaret Meldrim.

"We do get a couple each summer, usually like this one. On the whole scale of things, they're relatively small and the winds aren't as strong as ones from the Midwest, but they are certainly not rare," said Heden.

The cleanup from Monday's storm is well underway. And even though the Meldrim's farm was badly damaged, no one was injured.

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