DUANESBURG, N.Y. — The cleanup continues for people living in Schenectady County after an EF3 tornado touched down Thursday.
"We have to get the job done, and we want it done as quick as possible so we're doing what we have to do," said Jeff Bivins.
Bivins didn't think he'd be spending the Memorial Day weekend cleaning the remains of his mother's home, but he and his family are standing strong.
"We'll bring out the food and have our Memorial Day picnic, and here we are," said Linda Logan, a family member.
Their optimism is surprising after being a dealt with a rare blow from Mother Nature. The last time the Capital Region saw a tornado of this intensity was in 1998.
"1998 was a very active year and, I'm not saying this year is going to be quite as active, but we're off to an interesting start," said John Quinlan from the National Weather Service.
Winds of up to 140 miles per hour left people throughout Duanesburg picking up debris, cleaning, and assessing property damage.
"Today, we're trying to take it easy and get life back to normal a little bit," said Deb Grier, a Delanson resident.
Though she and her family are focused on recovering from this storm, safety prepping for future severe weather is not far from her mind.
"We do have a basement, and we're building a new house, and I can assure you that will have a basement, too," she said.
Bivins' mother has not yet made any plans about rebuilding her home. Right now, she's focused on moving forward from this disaster and spending time with loved ones, especially during this Memorial Day Weekend.
"Besides being a day on the calendar, it's about being together and doing what we have to do," said Logan.