Tornado Creates Havoc In Elmira

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A tornado accompanied by heavy rains ripped through Elmira and the surrounding area yesterday afternoon, knocking down trees and power lines, flooding streets and creating havoc for emergency personnel and city residents, Gannett’s Elmira Star-Gazette reported.

Statewide, after yesterday’s storm, there are approximately 49,600 customers without power and 894 crews are working to restore service, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said this morning. NYSEG has 45 National Grid crews in route to Elmira to assist in the power restoration, he said.

Cuomo is sending Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services commissioner Jerome Hauer and Office of Emergency Management director Steve Kuhr to Elmira today to survey the scene.

A curfew in Elmira was officially lifted at 8 a.m., but police were urging people to stay off the roads unless it was necessary to travel.

In Tioga County, Route 349 remains closed between Ladds Road and Route 49 in Westfield; trees and wires down. The road may be reopened sometime this afternoon, officials told the paper.

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According to Chemung County emergency officials, the tornado touched down in Elmira around 4 p.m., about 30 minutes after the National Weather Service issued its first warning.

For the remainder of the afternoon and well into the evening, firefighters from several surrounding departments and city police hopscotched across the city, responding to all manner of storm-related incidents.

A state of emergency was declared in Elmira, which limited travel in the city to emergency vehicles, and people driving to and from work. Drivers were urged to use extreme caution. The city was also under an 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. curfew, and all residents were advised to stay in their homes.

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