Winds slam Midwest, Northeast; possible twister hits NY town

Severe storms moved into the Midwest and Northeast on Thursday, including a possible tornado in Elmira, N.Y., where buildings were damaged and thousands were left without power. There was no immediate word on injuries.

Initial reports indicate a tornado touched down in Elmira, the Storm Prediction Center stated. Other towns across eastern Ohio, western Pennsylvania and upstate New York also reported downed trees.

“Emergency crews are responding to numerous calls, including reported fires and downed power lines,” the Elmira Star Gazette reported. “Many streets are impassable due to fallen trees and power lines, as well as traffic signals knocked out by power outages.”

A tornado watch was issued through Thursday night for parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont.

The unsettled weather was also causing airport delays along the East Coast.

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