IN PHOTOS: Multi-Day Summer Storms Ravage the Southern Tier
Storms rolled through the Southern Tier on Wednesday night leaving a path of destruction that only be described as looking like a war zone of trees, trash, and random yard things strewn all over.
For many, power that was lost Wednesday has yet to be restored as of Thursday morning. In a post on its Facebook page, Claverack explained that the storms "ravaged" its service territory, leaving the company unable to give an estimated time for power restoration. Claverack warns members, "At this point, there is no estimated time for restoration and members should prepare to be without power for several days."
According to the website for NYSEG, there are over 20,000 customers waking up without power and just like Claverack, NYSEG was unable to say when power is estimated to be restored to all of its customers. Customers of Penelec are in the same boat as thousands also remain without power.
One source told us that the storm was so strong on Wednesday night that in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, Dispatch not only lost power, but they were unable to dispatch calls so they had to go to each station to send first responders to incidents that came in.
The storm on Wednesday night followed a big storm on Tuesday afternoon which also left damage in its wake. Forecasters are calling for more storms Thursday, Thursday night, and Friday. Maximum wind gusts Thursday and Thursday night are anticipated to be 20 miles an hour and on Friday they'll taper to 10 miles an hour.
The National Weather Service in Binghamton says that storms will be quite powerful Thursday and Thursday night. "A few storms could be severe; producing strong winds & torrential downpours. There is a marginal to slight risk of excessive rainfall and flash-flooding."
IN PHOTOS: Summer Storms Ravage the Southern Tier
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