Severe Thunderstorm Hammers Finger Lakes


Emergency crews worked through the night and into the early morning hours evacuating Yates County residents affected by flash flooding caused by a heavy downpour that dumped up to 5 inches or more of rain causing streams and creeks to overflow their banks - damaging homes and businesses.  ohn Murphy, a deputy fire coordinator in Yates County, said Penn Yan and Branchport are the hardest hit areas:

Murphy says all of the counties ten fire departments, highway department personnel and sheriff's deputies are working together to help handle any life-threatening situations and to coordinate evacuations. The Red Cross has set up a shelter at the Penn Yan Academy at 305 Court Street, but the only accessible entrance is on Liberty Street.  

Meanwhile, at daybreak, county officials were accessing the damage caused by the storm.   Depending on the extent of the damage, the area could qualify for disaster relief from state and/or federal agencies.  As of 4:45AM, there were 366 customers without power in Yates County - centered primarily in the towns of Milo, Jerusalem and Middlesex.  


A fast-moving thunderstorm packing high winds and heavy rain struck parts of the Finger Lakes last night and early this morning.  Yates County was hammered with a deluge and hundreds of lightning strikes. 

Heavy rainfull caused many creeks and streams to overflow across roads throughout the county.  High winds knocked down trees and power lines creating dangerous travel conditions and motorists were cautioned not to drive through standing water.  As of 12:30AM, emergency crews from several fire, highway and law enforcement agencies were working to get a handle on the problems that are affecting many areas of Yates County.

The following statement was issued by the National Weather Service in Binghamton at 12:35AM:

Meanwhile, in Ontario County, RG&E sent a half dozen crews to the Manchester-Shortsville area to repair downed power lines and replace six utility poles that were felled when the area was hit by a series of lightning strikes, high wind and heavy rain.  

RG&E spokesman, Dan Hucko:

Hucko expects the power to be restored around 3AM or, possibly, sooner to the affected homes in the Shortsville-Manchester area.



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