Updated 08/06/2012 06:35 PM
Sidney residents react to storm damage
Less than two weeks after tornadoes and severe storms hit portions of the Southern Tier, another community in the area is cleaning up from a storm. This time, the damage happened in Sidney. Our Melissa Kakareka tells us how the community is recovering.
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SIDNEY, N.Y. -- Many residents in Sidney saw what they thought was a tornado Sunday night.
"Right around six o'clock I heard an eerie howl coming from over my back shoulder, so I look over towards Bainbridge going down the I-88 corridor, I just saw a vertical cloud. I didn't notice any rotation, but I knew something was coming," said Sidney resident Matthew Cogshell.
The National Weather Service surveyed the affected area around County Road 4 Monday morning. They say the damage was actually the result of downburst winds which reached speeds of 85 miles per hour.
"I just got up from the table and we have a big fan in the window. Luckily I had just gotten up and moved from the table because all of a sudden, the fan came flying across the table and everything went all over the place," said Sidney resident Janet Pendorf.
"That wind just started pushing me and it pushed me into my truck and just as I made it around the back side of my house. The wind ripped the fiber glass right off the edge of my porch," said Cogshell.
Emergency services say a few homes suffered minor damage to roof shingles or siding. County Road 4 was shut down for most of Monday while crews picked up trees.
Many community members say they are surprised by the damage, which spanned about one mile.
"I brought my son down so he could see it, because they ride the bus down this route all the time and we came down last night to see it. It’s just amazing that are no trees here. You couldn't even see down the valley before," said Masonville resident Ellen Howard.
Still, many people in Sidney say they are happy that the damage wasn't as bad as it could have been.