Severe weather leaves big cleanup

By Michelle Costanza

July 8, 2014 Updated Jul 8, 2014 at 8:47 AM EST

Town of Lisle, NY (WBNG Binghamton) From snapped branches to uprooted trees, people were left cleaning up after severe weather blew through some of our northern communities.

Lisle was hard hit when a thunderstorm packing high winds and rain moved through just after 4 p.m.

Previously struck by lightning, strong winds snapped off the top of a large pine tree in Johnathan Skuce's front yard on Killawog Hill Road.

"We were in the house and the winds start kicking up, storming. Two of my friends were going to to go the store, and they came out and a tree was on top of their truck and my van," said Skuce.

With both vehicles severely dented and hefty logs strewn across the yard, Skuce said next step will be to call the insurance company.

Once the thunderstorm had passed, county trucks patrolled the streets for cleanup, and the sound of chainsaws filled the town as homeowners tried to clear the fallen trees.

Those along the road who were hit the hardest described the storm as not only powerful, but scary.

"We saw the trees just twisting, and then the hail started and it was really coming down," said Skuce's friend.

Storm reports indicated power lines and several more trees down across Broome, Chenango and Otsego counties.