State of emergency: Broome restricts travel

05.02.17 | Bob Price

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar declared a state of emergency Monday in the wake of strong storms and a tornado watch.

The declaration, effective as of 9:30 p.m., directs all county departments and agencies to "take whatever steps necessary to protect life and property, public infrastructure, and provide such emergency assistance deemed necessary."

It further directs all residents to stay away from downed trees, power lines and structures, and to avoid unnecessary travel.

Earlier Monday, the National Weather Service in Binghamton issued a tornado watch for parts of New York and Pennsylvania until 10 p.m.

A line of storms moved through the region around 8 p.m. The weather service reported wind gusts up to 60 mph at the airport.

Tens of thousands were without power, according to New York State Electric and Gas Corp.

A news release from the executive's office said as of 9:45 p.m. the county's 911 service had 400 active calls.