Ithaca, N.Y. — About 1,800 people in Tompkins County lost power as a thunderstorm moved through the region Tuesday night, according to NYSEG’s website.

NYSEG posted the following table around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night:

Municipality/TownshipTotal Customers by
Customers Without Power
DANBY T1,567126
DRYDEN T5,769401
GROTON T1,535323
ITHACA T5,9361
LANSING T3,828896
LANSING V2,20436

A severe thunderstorm watch was issued Tuesday night by the National Weather Service for eight counties, including Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga and Tompkins.

The severe thunderstorm watch replaced a severe thunderstorm warning, which was canceled after the storm weakened.

Still, some areas were hit hard.

“62mph wind recorded in Dryden,” reported Finger Lakes Weather. “Multiple trees down in Freeville.”

Cornell Weather said around 11 p.m. on Twitter that a severe cell was just north of Ithaca with damaging winds. It noted that a flood advisory had been issued.

We’ve compiled some Tweets from around the area:

Some advice from the NWS for the storm:
  • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Remember the 30/30 Lightning Safety Rule: Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile (not a convertible). Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.
  • More about what to do before thunderstorm and lightning.


  • Avoid contact with corded phones and devices including those plugged into electric for recharging. Cordless and wireless phones not connected to wall outlets are OK to use.
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers and turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
  • Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes, and do not do laundry. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
  • If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.