ITHACA, NY — After a heavy rainstorms this week, local waterfalls are bursting.
Since Sunday, Ithaca has received more than 2.5 inches of rain, according to the Northeast Regional Climate Center. Rainfall totals for other areas in Tompkins County and Central New York have been even higher this week.
More rain and thunderstorms are on the forecast this weekend. A hazardous weather outlook is in effect for Tompkins County, as there is a potential for strong thunderstorms. A few storms may become severe with damaging wind gusts and hail, according to the National Weather Service. Isolated flash flooding is also possible for areas that have already received significant rainfall.
Due to the rains and bacteria levels above the state standard, a few local swimming spots are closed. On Friday, swimming was closed at Buttermilk Falls and Robert H. Treman State Park. The water is checked daily, so anyone interested in swimming should check this website or call the state park ahead of time. Swimming is not permitted at Ithaca Falls.
Ithaca Voice Videographer Jacob Mroczek visited Buttermilk Falls and Ithaca Falls for this video. Take a look.