NYSEG making headway on power outages, but warns some may last until Saturday

July 9, 2014 by Rachel Cera

The storm that barrelled through the Ithaca area last night at about 55 miles per hour left thousands of homes and businesses without power overnight. NYSEG crews have made lots of progress, but warn that some customers may not have power restored before the weekend.

Over 15,000 NYSEG customers in Tompkins County were without power for a time on Tuesday night, but by early afternoon Wednesday, crews had restored power to several thousand of them. Just under 8,000 are now without power in the area, though there are tens of thousands more across the Southern Tier, Central New York, and the Capital District.

With some traffic lights still affected by the power outages, authorities ask us to remind readers that a non-working traffic light must be treated as an all-way stop. Drivers must stop at the intersection and proceed in turn, as if everyone were at a stop sign.

The Syracuse and Rome areas were especially hard hit, and four people were killed when homes were demolished by high winds in Madison County. NYSEG and other utility companies say their priority is to restore distribution equipment and lines first that affect the most people, and then focus on restoring power to neighborhoods.

NYSEG originally anticipated restoring power to many areas by midnight last night, but had to adjust the timeframe as the extent of the damage to trees and power lines became apparent. The hardest-hit areas include Lansing, Groton, Trumansburg, and Ithaca's west side.

Scattered thunderstorms are expected this afternoon across Central New York, though the National Weather Service has warned of strong thunderstorms in northeastern Pennsylvania.

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