Update at 7:40 p.m. –The NYSEG website states that power has been restored throughout Tompkins County.

ITHACA, N.Y. — Thousand of people are without power in Tompkins County Saturday night and officials are still trying to determine the cause of the outage.

A Tompkins County 911 dispatcher said the first reports of outages happened around 5:10 p.m. and have been reported primarily in the East Hill area, Ellis Hollow area and Cornell University. Some reports are coming from the 1400 Block of Slaterville Road and 200 block of Valley Road.

Nobody has reported a possible cause for the outage, such as a crash, to emergency personnel.

The dispatcher said NYSEG officials are working on the problem.

The power outage is affecting traffic lights and elevators at the university. While some people were stuck in elevators on campus when the power failed, the dispatchers said the Ithaca Fire Department got everybody out of the elevators by at least 6:10 p.m.

The NYSEG website is reporting 4,485 city of Ithaca outages, 354 town of Ithaca outages, 1,353 in Dryden and and 26 in the town of Caroline.

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Jolene Almendarez

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