16 houses uninhabitable after upstate NY tornado

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Associated Press

Posted on July 28, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 28 at 5:31 PM

ELMIRA, N.Y. (AP) — At least 16 houses have been declared uninhabitable in the aftermath of a tornado strike in Elmira, N.Y.

Chemung (shuh-MUNG') County emergency management director Michael Smith says state and federal inspectors will continue to assess storm damage until early next week.

The tornado touched down about 4 p.m. Thursday packing winds of up to 110 mph. It was part of a strong storm system that punished much of the northeast on Thursday.

There were no reports of injuries in Elmira.

The utility NYSEG says more than 13,000 homes and businesses are still without power this afternoon. Most of those are in the Elmira area.

Elmira is in south-central New York near the Pennsylvania state line.

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