Business, Central New York, Weather

Storm damage leaves Syracuse business in ruins


By Brooke Meenachan SYRACUSE (NCC NEWS) – Severe storms ripped through Onondaga County Monday afternoon and some businesses are still dealing with the mess 24 hours later.

Syracuse Diesel and Electric, was heavily damaged after the storm hit around 4:30 p.m. The electric supply store owner, Ted Dziergas, said he’s never seen a storm so strong before.

“It started raining really hard and then hail. Then the wind started to pick up, really started to pick up,” he said.

The squall caused a lot of damage to the building.

“I looked up and there was no roof and it was raining and hailing inside,” said Dziergas.

The building takes up space for two of Dziergas’s businesses. The back, Ted’s Electric Automotive, will be reopen in just a few short days. The front, Syracuse Diesel and Electric, suffered the most damage and will be out of commission until further notice.

“I’m trying to dry things out. I’ve got power turned on in certain sections where it’s not wet. We’re trying to get the computers up to see which ones aren’t salvageable and which are still good,” said Dziergas.

Dziergas says officials are still assessing the damage.

According to National Grid, more than 13,500 people lost power Monday night due to the storm. Power has been restored to every customer as of Tuesday morning.