Widespread power outages lead to traffic light issues, business closures

Widespread power outages Thursday morning led to an alert from the Tompkins County SIREN system that many traffic lights were out in the Ithaca area, including downtown, South Hill and southeastern neighborhoods. west of town. An unconfirmed witness report indicates that a power transformer blew on the south side of Ithaca.

Related: The new Community Alert System combines Tompkins, Ithaca, Cornell, etc.

The Ithaca Fire Department said it “responded to multiple alarms and reports of burning and smoke smells in buildings in Ithaca City. Also, many traffic lights flash red or go out completely. These conditions are related to a brownout/power failure situation. NYSEG is aware and working to resolve the issue.

The issue completely turned off some running lights, some flashing yellow and some flashing red. 14850 Today received reports of business closures in southwest Ithaca, including Walmart and CVS on Clinton Street, and Shortstop Deli said they remain open, but can only do cold sandwiches and could only take cash for purchases.

The New Roots Charter School has closed due to low voltage in the town centre, Michael Mazza confirms to 14850 Today. Family Medicine Associates closed both offices for the day.

As of 11:30 a.m., NYSEG said it expects to restore power to affected areas around 11:15 a.m.

Update: At 2:50 p.m., NYSEG said it planned to restore power to affected areas around 2:30 p.m.

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