Four killed in Madison County

By Haley Burton
By Anna Norris

July 9, 2014 Updated Jul 9, 2014 at 7:46 PM EDT

Smithfield, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Four people were killed when four homes were destroyed in Madison County during a severe storm on Tuesday.

Crews plan to continue searching the debris Wednesday.

The storm swept through the Smithfield area around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday. The homes were located on Goff Road.

Several other homes were damaged.

60 people have been involved in a search effort, according to Allen Riley, Madison County Sheriff.

"We're trying to talk to the neighbors to see if anybody was at home at the time who lives there. How many people may be in the home," said Riley, "We've got our search dogs... looking around. We're just picking up parts of the house to see if anybody is underneath them."

Smithfield is located about 12 miles northeast of Cazenovia.

Governor Andrew Cuomo went to Madison County Wednesday, and called the damage to some of these homes unbelievable.

"The property damage that we have seen in Madison County is explosive in it's effect. It looks like, literally, a bomb went off in a house and you just see devastation everywhere," said Cuomo.

Nearly 40,000 residents were still without power as of Wednesday night.

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