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Over 2,000 were without power in Ithaca after transformer fire

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Over 2,000 New York State Electric & Gas customers in Ithaca found themselves without power on Tuesday afternoon following a transformer fire.


The incident led to a power outage across a broad area on the south end of Ithaca, affecting the south hill, the commercial stretch of Route 13 in the city’s southwest, and the southside area near downtown.

Local officials from the City of Ithaca urged residents to treat intersections with non-functional traffic lights as all-way stops.

The Tompkins County Board of Elections indicated that only one active polling place, the Titus Towers, was affected by the outage, but it continued to operate thanks to a generator. The power was expected to be restored by NYSEG by Tuesday evening.