Thousands of NYSEG customers in Broome and Tioga counties lost electric service in the aftermath of strong thunderstorms that brought heavy rain and gusty winds to the region.

The utility reported 15,941 customers were without power late Sunday afternoon.

More than one-quarter of NYSEG's electric customers in Tioga County lost electricity as a result of the storms.

5,653 of the company's 19,937 customers in the county were reported without power at one point.

Widespread outages were reported in the towns of Tioga, Newark Valley, Candor and Barton.

Almost 3,600 utility customers were reported in Broome County.

Thousands of NYSEG customers in Chemung, Tompkins and Seneca counties also were affected by the outages.

The National Weather Service issued severe thunderstorm warnings for Tioga, Broome and Delaware counties.

Forecasters said the storms had wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour.

Trees and wires were blown down as the storms raced through the region.

This story was updated to provide information about additional power outages reported by NYSEG.

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