July 20, 2017: High winds in western New York that lifted cars, threw outdoor tables onto roofs and ripped the siding off houses were confirmed to be the work of at least two tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.
Weather officials believe one tornado struck Hamburg around 12:30 p.m. Thursday, while the other hit Holland about 20 minutes later.
A large thunderstorm moved onshore from Lake Erie, forming a tornado as it moved across Erie County, leaving a trail of damage in its wake, according to the weather service.
Hundreds of cars reportedly had their windows blown out as the newly formed, 700-yard wide tornado traveled 5 miles from Hamburg, through Orchard Park, and into Chestnut Ridge Park, officials said.
The second tornado, about 500-yards wide, tore through Holland, causing damage to structures and closing a portion of the Norfolk Southern Railway after the track was blocked by fallen trees. That tornado traveled about 2 1/2 miles.