Fast Moving Storm Batters CNY, 4 Dead in Madison County, Thousands Still Without Power
Cortland County and surrounding areas were battered last night by a rapid moving super cell storm. High winds took down trees and wires and caused some minor damage locally.
Around 5:30 Tuesday evening the storm moved through Central New York sending wires and limbs down all across the region.
Here in Cortland County trees were reported down in the Towns of Homer and Scott. Route 41A was closed down due to multiple trees down. The southern end of Cayuga County was hit hard as well. Homer firefighters responded to over two dozen reports of trees and wires down. In the City of Cortland Firefighters were called to nearly a dozen calls of reports of trees down. Rescuers in Preble, Cortlandville, Marathon and McGraw also dealt with fallen trees blocking roads.
In Cortland, a large tree fell on top of a car at the intersection of Church and Randall Streets. No one was injured but the vehicle was substantially damaged.
In the Village of Homer several hundred National Grid customers were left without power for nearly four hours due to problem with a substation on Wall Street.
National Grid reported that following the storm 56 thousand customers in Central New York were without power. Crews worked through the night to restore power.
More than 11,000 New York State Electric & Gas Customers in Tompkins County remained without power Wednesday morning.
Four people were killed during Tuesday's storm in the Madison County Town of Smithfield when high winds destroyed four homes.
At about 7:14 p.m. the storm passed through the rural town. High winds tore one home off its foundation and tossed it on another home. Three other homes nearby were damaged in the storm, but not destroyed.
The identities of the four people have not been released. Governor Cuomo was headed to Madison County to participate in a press conference to discuss the response to the storm damage.
The National Weather Service says the storm was fueled by a warm, humid air mass that collided with a strong cold front.
Winds exceed 70 miles per hour at the height of the storm.
(Photo of tree down of top of a vehicle near the intersection of Church St. and Randall St. in the City of Cortland)