Monday’s storms rip roof off of home, leaving family devastated

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UPDATE: The National Weather Service on Wednesday confirmed it was a tornado that hit Port Crane around 1:30 a.m. Monday.

Learn more: NWS confirms tornado hit Port Crane early Monday


PORT CRANE (WBNG) — One local family is recovering after Monday’s storms ripped the roof off of their porch and threw it across their yard on Monkey Run Road.

Describing the morning of the storm, Gena Dawes says, “the thought of us dying really was a concern.”

Dawes was asleep early Monday when she says she heard a growling noise.

“I’m like wake up there’s a tornado, we have to go.”

She grabbed her husband and young son and headed for their downstairs, window-less bathroom.

When the sun came came up, she found her home in pieces. Her porch roof was ripped off and thrown across her yard.

Accessing the damage, “it’s exhausting I guess, mentally and emotionally just exhausting,” but she’s grateful, “I thank God that we’re all safe and go on to live another day.”

12 News also spoke with the National Weather Service who spent Tuesday surveying our area for damage.

Officials confirmed there were several microbursts in Broome and Chenango County, but no tornadoes.

They tracked one storm that left a nearly 15 mile long stretch of damage from the Chenango Valley State Park to the town of Afton.

Julia Gorman

Julia Gorman

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