Wellsburg, NY Tornado, Feb 1887

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A TERRIFIC WINDSTORM

GREAT DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY AND LOSS OF LIFE.

NARROW ESCAPE OF AN EXPRESS TRAIN, BUILDINGS WRECKED, TREES UPROOTED, AND TRAVEL DELAYED.

ELMIRA, N. Y., Feb. 11.----This valley was visited about 11:30 o'clock this morning with the greatest storm experienced in many years. At Wellsburg, six miles east of this city, a furious tornado swept over the place. At that point the wind blew from southwest to northeast, and did a large amount of damage. It made a wreck of James Carpenter's barn, completely destroyed a tobacco shed belonging to William Lowman, and blew many chimneys and fences down. Two miles down the river the tornado struck J. G. Lowman's tobacco shed and picked the roof off, carrying it half a mile. It also made almost a complete wreck of tobacco sheds belonging to David Burt and Frank Bevins. Lockwood's mill, at Wellsburg, lost its smokestack and was otherwise damaged. The best illustration of the force of the storm was its action on the waters of the Chemung River, which were 20 feet deep and 500 feet wide. Near Wellsburg it backed the water in the river up and raised it in a column in the air so that the bed of the river was dry. So far as known no lives were lost and no one was injured. Reports continued to come in of a good deal of damage done to residences and farm buildings in the valley.

The New York Times, New York, NY 12 Feb 1887