COPAKE, NY -- People in Copake said they believed they saw a funnel cloud forming during Tuesday's storm that swept across the region. You could hear Thomas Dean shouting "tornado" as he recorded the strange cloud formation in the town.
Dean is a meteorology students from Connecticut. Tuesday night he followed the weather patterns all the way to Columbia County. He said he was 2 miles away from what he believed was a tornado in Copake
"You see the rotation, you see the wall cloud," he said. "Even now, I am especially shaken up because of Oklahoma. You're not anticipating this."
It was a sight people throughout Copake witnessed. At Dad's Diner on Main Street, waitress Alyssa Maddalony was prepared to take cover in the basement.
"It looked like it was spinning, Maddalony said. "Then the hail came and it was huge."
She said the cloud eventually disappeared, but the high winds and heavy rain left behind downed trees and power lines.
Jim Grayson, a resident, said he had downed trees and power lines right in front of his home.
"It was battering us, coming horizontally toward the window," Grayson explained.
"I've never seen clouds spin like that in my life," Dean said. "When you're put in a position where you don't know what will happen it's scary."
In light of the news coverage from Oklahoma that has dominated media nationwide, the residents of Copake are saying they consider themselves very lucky.
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