A TCAT bus heading west on East State Street towards downtown Ithaca was struck by a falling tree as damaging winds and heavy rains swept across Central New York. The storm, heading east at about 55 miles per hour, has left some 12,000 homes and businesses without power and dropped numerous trees and wires around the area.
The storms spawned tornado warnings in the Syracuse area, but brought "just" a severe thunderstorm to Tompkins County, with winds estimated at 60 miles per hour. County authorities are reporting a number of trees and wires down, especially around Ithaca, Lansing, Trumansburg, and Groton. There are also numerous power outages on Ithaca's west hill and in the Lansing, Groton, and Enfield areas.
If you must venture out, take care as you drive around town to watch for downed tree limbs and wires. Stay away from downed wires, and call NYSEG or local authorities to report them. If you approach an intersection and a traffic light isn't working, remember to treat it as an all-way stop.
No injuries were reported among bus passengers. A severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect until 8:45pm in counties to our east.