By DiMarkco Chandler:
Warnings that a tornado would hit Elmira, NY came to fruition as hospitals were put on emergency alert. 110 mph winds smacked the city of Elmira early this morning and toppled much that was in its sight.
It will take some time for road crews and emergency workers to get to all of the neighborhoods. Good Samaritans became traffic cops; and anyone with a chain saw helped out. Trees were down everywhere taking out power and even some cars. An eighty foot pine tree fell on one man’s house, as a state of emergency and curfew went into effect until 8 a.m. this morning.
There were reports of isolated fires and roofs torn off small structures and people trapped in vehicles because of downed power lines.
Approximately 16,000 customers in Chemung County were without power early Friday. The New York State Electric & Gas company worked through the night trying to restore power.
The National Weather Service issued multiple severe thunderstorm warnings across the southern half of New York throughout the day as storms moved eastward across the state. High winds, hail, and heavy rains brought down trees in numerous communities in western and southern New York.