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UPDATE: Wednesday's storm classified as a tornado in part of Saratoga County

UPDATE: Wednesday's storm classified as a tornado in part of Saratoga County

Saratoga County was also touched by a tornado on Wednesday

Saratoga County was also touched by a tornado on Wednesday.

The list of counties in the Capital Region that were hit by a tornado originally included Schenectady, Schoharie and Montgomery counties, but the National Weather Service added Saratoga County to the list early Saturday afternoon.

According to a public statement, an EF-1 grade tornado touched down in the Vischer Ferry area of the Clifton Park around 7:10 p.m. The tornado had a maximum wind speed of 100 miles per hour, a path width of about 200 yards and a path length of one mile.

There were no fatalities or injuries caused by this tornado.

The tornado in Saratoga County was comparable to the Schoharie County tornado, with both being less severe than the one that ran from the town of Florida in Montgomery County to an area just before the Thruway in Rotterdam. The more severe tornado had a 17-mile-long-path, winds reaching 125 miles per hour and was roughly one mile wide, according to the National Weather Service.

Luigi Meccariello, a meteorologist with the weather service in Albany, said the tornado classifications were made by members of the weather service who surveyed damage from the storms.

The people in the field look for certain damage indicators to determine what happened. Damage to a small barn, one or two family residence, single-wide mobile home and a double-wide mobile home are all different damage indicators.

In order for weather service surveyors to be sent to a scene, they usually need to be tipped off by people from the area. “If we don’t get reports, we don’t know what happens,” Meccariello said.

People are encouraged to contact the National Weather Service anytime there is severe weather in there area. The public line for the Albany branch is (518) 435-9580.

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