Updated 07/27/2012 06:01 PM
Some Tioga residents cleaning storm damage
While residents in Chemung County suffered the worst damage from Thursday's storms, people in other areas of the Southern Tier are also cleaning up minor damage and waiting for power to be restored to their homes. Our Melissa Kakareka talked with some people in Tioga County who are doing just that.
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TIOGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Residents along an isolated stretch of road off of Route 17 in the Village of Owego could be seen clearing trees from their yards early Friday morning. One resident even lost the roof to his mobile home during Thursday's severe weather.
"I was flabbergasted. The whole half of his trailer came off and I think he had a patio under it and its hanging by the NYSEG wires," Merlin Lessler of Owego.
It's just one spot where residents are assessing damage from Thursday's storm. Residents in Tioga Center, Smithboro and Barton are also helping each other cleanup downed trees and other storm damage.
"We had a big pine tree come down, the pine tree nailed our car. It kinda of looks like a war zone, but further down the road, it looks worse," said Brian Barton of Smithboro.
Some people living near that area believe they saw a tornado bouncing up and down across the hills. But the National Weather Service has since confirmed that a microburst and straight line wind damage occurred near Barton in Tioga County.
"Through the valley you could see behind my neighbor Bailey's house, it was coming up straight through the valley. I told my wife and kids get in the basement. When it came up the valley, it kinda turned real quick and hopped," said Duane Welfel of Baron.
Neighbors living in spots affected by the severe weather say they are happy that the damage was not as bad as it could have been.
"If it would have kept coming at the course it was coming, my neighbor's house and my house would have been gone," said Welfel.
As they and many other people across the Southern Tier continue cleaning up and getting back to normal.