More than 300 people were still without power as of lunchtime on Thursday after strong storms moved through with damaging winds and hail on Wednesday.
Calls for trees and wires down across Cayuga County — but most-notably in the Auburn-area — triggered intense response from first responders.
At its peak Wednesday afternoon — more than 7,500 customers were without power in Cayuga County. The number had decreased to less than a thousand shortly before midnight.
The storms were so intense, that it even prompted the Auburn Police Department to ask residents to temporarily stop traveling. “The City of Auburn and surrounding towns were hit hard with this afternoon’s fast moving storm. We have dozens of trees down and traffic control signals not functioning,” APD said in a Facebook post after the storms. “We ask all residents to limit their travel to necessary travel only until our Department of Public Works, NYSEG and Emergency Service units can clear the streets and answer priority calls for service.”
The storms were a distant memory on Thursday, but some of the damage and power outages were not. NYSEG estimated that power would be fully-restored by the afternoon hours on Thursday.
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