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Damage left in wake of Duanesburg tornado

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DUANESBURG, N.Y. – Homes, power lines, and trees were all at the mercy of Thursday’s severe storm as it tore through Schenectady County’s rural town of Duanesburg.
The storm moved through Albany and Schenectady counties between 3:30 and 4:30 in the afternoon.
High winds knocked down trees and power lines while simultaneously damaging cars and homes, and based on radar images a tornado warning was put into effect.
The Duanesburg Ambulance Corps building sustained severe damage during the storm. An entire wall of the structure was pulled down, and siding was peeled off the building. The ambulance vehicles took a hit as well.
A home on Route 20 was completely demolished by the storm. No injuries were reported though little remains of the standing structure.
Friday the National Weather Service investigated damage from the storm and determined it was in fact a tornado.
A home in the area was destroyed, with debris scattered across the front lawn and the street. 

The son of the homeowner, Jeff Bivins, says he couldn't believe what he saw. His mother's home is one of the few houses along Route 20, and by the looks of it, the only one destroyed by Thursday’s tornado. He said he couldn't sleep last night; instead he kept a lookout making sure his mother’s property was secured.

Volunteers in the community turned out to help clean up, and now it's just a matter of the insurance company coming out to calculate the damage and how it's going to be paid for.

As cleanup crews get to work, National Grid is still restoring power to most areas. Many in Schenectady County woke up to yards full of debris.

June Waddell woke up Friday morning thankful to find her home still intact. After seeing debris fly past her window last night, she didn’t know what she’d wake up to.

“Trees were bending to the ground and the stuff was flying off the porch. It just was motion, lots of motion,” she said.

Warning Coordination Meteorologist Steve DiRienzo says as soon as he saw the destruction, he had no doubt it was a tornado.

“One of the crazy things about our area is tornadoes can move in any direction. A lot of times out in the plains storms west to east or southwest and northeast. Here in the capital region they move in any direction,” he said.

DiRienzo says it appears the tornado traveled northeast to southwest, an unusual direction for most parts of the country.

"You usually don’t get damage to a home like this. Certainly the amount of damage to this home is more than you’d get with a down burst in most cases. I mean you could get this but it’s rare,” said Dirienzo.

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