ITHACA, N.Y. – Tompkins County first responders and NYSEG electrical crews are responding to several reports of downed power lines and trees throughout the county, stretching emergency services, officials are saying.

A high wind warning issued in Tompkins and surrounding counties means that winds will be between 20- 30 mph with gusts up to 60 mph, possibly until midnight, according to the National Weather Service.

A Tompkins County 911 dispatcher said a dozen or more calls have been reported from about 4 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, and Ithaca firefighters are asking people to call 911 for serious emergencies only, including for dangerous downed power lines. The dispatcher said downed trees that are causing safety issues should also be considered emergencies.

Non-emergency numbers for local fire and police departments can be found online.

The weather service warned travel will be difficult with debris in the roadways and “high profile vehicles” will have and especially difficult time navigating roadways.

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.