First responders were busy throughout the region Thursday morning and Wednesday night, responding to fires, flooding, power outages, tree damage, lightning strikes and a tornado touchdown in Schoharie County.
At about 6 a.m. Thursday, a fire of of undetermined origin gutted the Upturn Industries machine shop on Whitney Way in Bainbridge. Officials said the fire broke continued to smoulder at least five hours later. No injuries were reported.
About 40 people are employed at Upturn Industries, according to the company’s website.
It was not immediately known whether that fire was weather-related, said Chenango County Fire Coordinator Matthew Beckwith.
The number of NYSEG customers in central New York who lost power as the result of the storm peaked Wednesday night at about 9 p.m., when 3,200 homes were reported to be without power. As of this morning, only about 100 customers of the utility remained without power, NYSEG spokesman Jim Salmon said.
Meanwhile, in Gilboa, Schoharie County, near the border of the Delaware County town of Stamford, flooding washed out a large culvert at Starheim and Shew Hollow Roads, according to Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond and GIlboa Town Supervisor Tony Van Glad.
Van Glad estimated it will cost $200,000 to replace the culvert. He said the town will look into whether the replacement can be covered by the Federal Emergency Management Administration, since the culvert had also been damaged by Hurricane Irene less than two years ago.
The northern part of Schoharie County was largely spared of storm damage, Desmond said.
The National Weather Service had issued a tornado warning for Chenango, Otsego, Delaware and Schoharie counties. Late Thursday, the agency confirmed that an EF-1 tornado touched down between Summit and East Jefferson in Schoharie County on Wednesday night. It was estimated to be about 200 yards wide with a maximum speed of 100 mph and followed a two-mile path.
Just to the north, in Montgomery County, a more powerful tornado, rated as an EF-2, moved along at 125 miles from the town of Florida for 17 miles into the Schenectady County town of Rotterdam. It carried winds of 125 mph and had a path width of one mile.
In the Delaware County village of Stamford, Mayor Michael Jacobs said localized flooding occurred in his community, but no injuries were reported.
Jacobs said he drove through the downpour and lightning storm as he returned home from a trip to Columbia County. “It was coming down like crazy,” he said.
The Upturn Industries machine shop is owned by U.S. Army veteran Michael Horoszewski, according to the company’s web site.
After working his way up through the ranks at Upturn for several years, he purchased the company from one of its founders, Donna Enck.
The company has more than 40 employees. Founded in 1983 by a former Bendix Corp. manufacturing engineer, Sherwood (Skip) Enck, the company moved into the Whitney Way plant in 2001.