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On Friday May 15, 2020, an intense line of thunderstorms quickly developed near Lake Ontario and raced eastward in the NWS Albany, NY County Warning Area. A segment of particularly strong and long lasting thunderstorms impacted the region from just north of the Mohawk Valley in Herkimer County and raced into Saratoga and Washington counties and southern Vermont, producing damaging winds throughout its path. Notable areas of damage include a confirmed macroburst near Russia and Cold Brook, NY where wind estimates ranged from 80 to 100mph and an EF-1 tornado in Wilton, NY with numerous trees snapped or uprooted in Saratoga and Washington counties. A supercell that developed in the eastern Catskills produced a microburst in Cottekill, NY.
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