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Destruction in Tompkins County; three struck by lightning in CNY after severe thunderstorms

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Severe thunderstorms that swept through Central New York on Monday have left a trail of destruction, prompting numerous calls for assistance to emergency dispatchers.


Tompkins County, among the worst hit, saw significant property damage, power outages, and widespread flooding. Particular concern was raised for the town of Enfield, where a barn was blown down, and for Ithaca’s Taughannock Boulevard and Cliff Street. Outside Ithaca, the Varna and Ellis Hollow areas of the Town of Dryden experienced significant damage, including destroyed structures on Hayts and Sheffield Roads.

In a harrowing incident, three construction workers were struck by lightning in the Town of Lincoln, Madison County. The men were awaiting the storm’s passing near a flagpole that was subsequently hit. CPR was administered on the scene to revive one of the men.

All three workers were rushed to Oneida Hospital, with one reported to be in critical condition. Despite their severe injuries, all are expected to survive. Emergency services including Lincoln Fire, Greater Lenox Ambulance, Madison County EMS, Madison County Sheriff’s Office and Vineall Ambulance were all on the scene. As clean-up efforts continue across the impacted areas, residents are urged to be cautious, particularly while driving, due to the risk of encountering debris or downed power lines.

Storms moving over Waterloo High School in Waterloo, NY.

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