Photo of a tree down on East Shore Drive (Submitted pic)

Update 7:06 p.m. –

The National Weather Service has ended a tornado watch for Tompkins County and other Central New York counties Monday.

No tornadoes were reported, but the weather service reported a 50 mph storm moving east in the area around 1:30 p.m.

A Tompkins County 911 dispatcher said no major accidents were reported during thunderstorms this afternoon, but officials responded to several reports of downed power lines.

New York State Electric & Gas reports that 1,108 people in Schuyler County are without service. No outages are being reported in Tompkins County as of 7:20 p.m.

Thunderstorms are expected to start in Ithaca again around 9 p.m., The Weather Channel reports. Rain and more thunderstorms are expected Tuesday, with heavy storms happening around 3 p.m.

Update 2:30 p.m. —

A tornado watch has been issued until 8 p.m. in Tompkins County. Here are a few early updates on the storm:

Lansingville Road in Lansing is flooding Monday afternoon. (Photo by Crystal Palmer)

— Reports are coming in of several trees falling on county roads, including East Shore Drive.

Photo of a tree down on East Shore Drive (Submitted pic)

— Elementary school buses are being held at the school today because of the severe thunderstorms, according to the Ithaca City School District. (Update: The buses have now been released.)

— About 1,500 people in Schuyler County have lost power, according to NYSEG.

— The storms will be near Ithaca at 1:55 p.m. “The main hazard will be strong winds with gusts up to 60 MPH possible,” Cornell Weather says.

Also, some more photos of the approaching storm from Joe Scaglione III:

Earlier —

ITHACA, N.Y. – A tornado watch is issued until 8 p.m. in Tompkins County, the National Weather Service says. 

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A tornado watch means there is a chance a tornado can develop in the area. A warning means a tornado has been spotted on a weather radar.

The watch extends throughout Central New York, including in Chemung, Cortland, Broome and Tioga counties, among others.

Heavy rainfall and severe thunderstorms are expected to start Monday around 3 p.m. and last until Tuesday night, forecasts say.

The weather service also issued a severe thunderstorm warning until 2:30 p.m. after a storm began moving east at 50 mph.

It’s expected to begin raining around 3 p.m. in Ithaca and kick up to a 65 percent chance for thunderstorms by 5 p.m., according to The Weather Channel.

The storms are expected to last throughout the night with south wind up to 13 mph, the National Weather Service reports. 

The weather service issued a hazardous weather outlook cautioning people of urban and flash flooding from thunderstorms.

High temperatures are expected to be in the mid-70s with evening lows in the upper 50s throughout Tuesday.

Wednesday will be clear and sunny with temperatures around 80 degrees.
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