July 9, 2014
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, middle, spoke at a press conference Wednesday morning at the Smithfield Fire Hall after touring the devastation of a tornado that killed four people in the town of Smithfield Tuesday night. Also with Cuomo were Assemblyman Bill Magee, left, and Sen. Dave Valesky.
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The National Weather Service confirmed Wednesday morning that the storm that killed four people in Smithfield Tuesday night was a tornado. The round of severe storms that hit Madison County Tuesday evening caused widespread damage in the towns of Smithfield, Sullivan and Lenox. Hardest hit was Goff Road and Northrup Road in Smithfield, where the tornado came through, completely destroying four residential structures, damaging three residential structures and completely destroying one barn, Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley said during a press conference Wednesday morning.