City of Ithaca officials are advising motorists to avoid Ithaca's northside while NYSEG crews work on a pole and wires that carry 12,000 volts of electricity. Power will be off in the area for about four hours.
Motorists and pedestrians are advised to avoid the 400 block of Cascadilla Street (between 4th Street and 5th Street) and the 300 block of Park Place (between Esty Street and Cascadilla Street) this afternoon.
According to NYSEG, a lightning strike at about 2pm affected the pole and surrounding power lines.
NYSEG says over 650 customers are without power in the City of Ithaca, mostly on and around the northside streets of Cascadilla Street, Hancock Street, and Esty Street, but also on Buffalo Street, Seneca Street, State Street, and Court Street. The company tells customers to expect power may not be restored until about 5:45pm, though some customers in the Downtown Ithaca area have already seen power come back on.
Flooding at the intersection of Route 327 and Route 13 south of the City of Ithaca has prompted officials to close the highway in both directions.