Damaging winds and hail leave thousands stranded without power

CHENANGO COUNTY – Wretched weather conditions over the weekend left thousands of residents across Chenango County without power and water.

As of 8 a.m. Monday, NYSEG confirmed that there are still 1,487 Chenango County residents without power. They are hopeful that the remaining outages will be repaired by Monday night.

Storms moved into the region late Saturday evening, with the National Weather Service in Binghamton issuing a severe thunderstorm warning at 5:31 p.m., lasting until 6 p.m.

Quarter-size hail and winds in excess of 50 mph were reported in parts of the county. NYSEG reported over 3,100 power outages after the storm had passed.

More storms moved through the area late in the night on Saturday, and into the early morning hours Sunday. Norwich Fire Department Chief Tracy Chawgo the NFD received many reports of trees and wires down as a result of the heavy winds, but no major injuries were reported as a result of the deluge.

According to the City of Norwich/Chenango County Emergency Operations Center Facebook page, the Norwich YMCA is offering free showers for residents who have been left without water. The YMCA opens at 5:30 a.m., and residents are welcome to shower at any time throughout the day.

NYSEG is also handing out free bottled water and a limited supply of dry ice at the Norwich Fire Department (located at 31 East Main Street) as well as the New Berlin Fire Station (located on 4 School Street in the Village of New Berlin) beginning at 11 a.m. today.

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