Ithaca, N.Y. — About 11,000 homes in Tompkins County remain without power the morning after Tuesday night’s strong thunderstorm, according to NYSEG.

There have been no reports of major injuries or significant damage to homes, said an official with the Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response. She said the worst reported damage appears to have been from a tree that fell on three cars on Yates Street.

“We were very lucky compared to north of us,” she said.

Here’s a chart of who still didn’t have power as of 7:30 a.m.

WHCU radio reported that NYSEG was using a helicopter to assess the damage. (We’ll provide updates if we learn when the power is expected to be restored to most homes.)

Despite the power outages and downed lines, Tompkins County appears to have been lucky to escape the worst of the storm’s wrath. reported that four people had been killed in Madison County, including a mother and baby. East Syracuse declared a state of emergency that had not been lifted as of Wednesday morning. 30,000 NYSEG customers in Onondaga, Madison and Oswego lost power, according to

Lt. Tommy Basher and Groton fire officials said late Tuesday night that there were no reports of serious injuries or severe incidents.

Trumansburg firefighters said the majority of their calls were for downed power lines.

“It was a constant flow of calls all night long,” one firefighter said.

Jeff Stein

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