Power outages across Finger Lakes as Ithaca and Tompkins County remain under tornado watch

June 8, 2015 by Rachel Cera

The National Weather Service says a tornado watch remains in effect for a 12-county area that includes Ithaca and Tompkins County, through 8pm Monday. A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect until 2:30pm.

New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) says power should be restored by about 7pm to most of the several hundred customers in the Trumansburg area without power. Some 3,000 customers are without power in neighboring Schuyler and Steuben Counties, and several hundred more scattered across counties throughout Central New York.

NWS forecasters say a severe thunderstorm was located near Reading, outside Watkins Glen, at about 1:30pm, and was moving east at about 50mph.

Wind gusts up to 60mph could result in damage to roofs, siding, and trees, according to the NWS. The storm was expected in the Ithaca area around 1:55pm. They suggest moving to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.

The fast-moving line of thunderstorms, with more isolated cells building northeastward, carry a risk of locally damaging winds "along with the threat of a tornado or two." Be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions.

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