STORM RAVAGES REGION: Thousands without power in S. Tier

05.02.17 | Bob Price

Heavy rain and high winds moved through New York state and northern Pennsylvania on Monday evening, leaving tens of thousands without power in the Southern Tier.

The heaviest rain moved through the region between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. At midnight Monday, New York State Electric & Gas Corp. reported more than 24,000 customers without power in its coverage area. That included more than 15,000 in Broome County, 6,600 in Chenango and 3,500 in Tioga. Nearly all customers in Chemung and Tompkins had power restored.

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar declared a state of emergency Monday night, directing all residents to avoid unnecessary travel.

Earlier Monday, the National Weather Service in Binghamton issued a tornado watch for parts of New York and Pennsylvania. According to a statement released around 2 p.m. Monday, wind gusts could reach 75 mph, with quarter-sized hail possible as well as "a couple strong tornadoes."