We've had some severe weather in Central New York this Labor Day. People were able to spend most of their holiday in the sun until late in the afternoon when thunderstorms barreled through the region. One of the hardest hit areas was the Mohawk Valley. Our Cara Thomas has more.
MOHAWK VALLEY, N.Y. -- People were waiting until the very last minute to end their Labor Day fun. Some didn't get off the beach until it started to rain. The storm came in quickly with strong winds, heavy rain and quarter sized hail.
"I got home and I didn't even have time to go inside because the hail was coming down and the rain, the thunder and the lightening was all just too much, so I stayed in the car for about 10 minutes. As I was sitting in my car, we heard a loud crash and as you can see, a tree fell down, so yeah, it was pretty severe out here," said Sylvan Beach resident Rob Mazzei.
That wasn't the only large tree that came down during the storm. Over in Whitesboro, a tree split and landed on a home on Main Street. No one was hurt. The owner of the home wouldn't go on camera, but says the damage to his home isn't severe. He says they'll most likely have to make repairs to the front porch.
The storm continued to travel east through New York and took its toll on the City of Utica. Fire Chief Russell Brooks says there were wires and trees down. People were trapped in their vehicles because of flooding and there were reports of sink holes in the streets.
But the call that took the most manpower was a fire on Third Street. Chief Brooks says he believes the fire started in the attic and it's a possibility that the storm was the cause.
"Lightning's definitely a possibility. And the fire marshal is here investigating as we speak and he'll be looking at burn patterns and depth of char and different aspects of how this fire could have started," Brooks said.
It was a multi-family home with three apartments. No one was severely hurt during the fire, but some were impacted by smoke inhalation.
As of about 8 p.m. Monday, the Utica Fire Department was backed up on about 45 calls. Chief Books says they're doing their best to respond to each call with safety and health emergencies as their top priority.
In general, fire and police departments across the region are asking people to stay in their homes and be safe. There's a lot of debris down, some flooding and a lot of power outages.