Despite warnings that Sandy could evolve into a “Frankenstorm” for a widespread parts of the Northeast, at least locally, the rainfall it brought to this region was far less than what occurred in 2011 when Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee dumped sheets of rain that caused severe flooding in many communities.
The rainfall over a 24-hour period ending at 7 a.m. Tuesday in Oneonta amounted to .56 of an inch, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Joanne La Bounty. Richfield Springs, in that same period, got a bit more rain, with 1.26 inches.
The highest wind speed in the region was detected in Sherburne, Chenango County, where a gust was clocked at 59 miles per hour. The time of that gust was not immediately known, she said.
Wind gusts that continued Tuesday slowed down NYSEG’s ability to restore power, Lynch said.
He said the safety of crews, customers and the community is “paramount when it comes to restoring power.”