Early morning storm tears through Southern Tier

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2:00 P.M. UPDATE:

CONKLIN (WBNG) — Officials tell 12 News that the Conklin area had the most visible damage in Broome County after Monday morning’s storm.

Broome County Director of Emergency Services Mike Ponticello says, “NYSEG has been throughout the county since overnight when the storm occurred and has been working to get everything cleaned up.”

By early afternoon, two utility poles had been replaced and the large tree in the road was removed.

Crews continue to re-attach wires to the new utility poles.

12:00 P.M. UPDATE:

CONKLIN (WBNG) — Damage left behind in Conklin by a powerful storm was due to a microburst, weather officials say.

According to the National Weather Service, a microburst is a column of fast sinking air that can cause severe damage.

National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Dave Nicosia tells 12 News the damage in Conklin was caused by a microburst with speeds of 70 miles per hour.

National Weather Service personnel were in Conklin Monday morning assessing damage. In Pennsylvania, the NWS also conducted damage assessments in Ararat and Scranton.


ORIGINAL STORY:

CONKLIN (WBNG) — A powerful storm barreled through the Southern Tier early Monday morning, leaving a trail of damage in its wake.

In Conklin, a large tree was downed and wires were taken down on Conklin Road as a result of the storm. Two utility poles also snapped.

Bricks on the side of Conklin Fire Department were also torn off the building.

Conklin Fire Chief Bill Gorman said, “when I got on the scene it came in just as trees and wires down on Conklin Road by the high school, so I wasn’t expecting it to be in front of our station.”

The station was temporarily out of operation according to Gorman, relying on surrounding agencies.

Bricks were shaved off the side of Conklin Fire Department during a storm Monday morning.
Bricks layed on the ground at the Conklin Fire Department following an early morning storm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Around 6:30 a.m. on Monday, Conklin Road was also closed between Shaw Road and Eva Court, according to the New York State Department of Transportation.

Large tree downed on Conklin Road during Monday morning’s storm
The storm forced the closure of part of Conklin Road Monday morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There have also been other reports of damage, including downed trees and wires all across the Southern Tier.

As of 8:30 a.m. on Monday morning, the following outage numbers were reported by NYSEG:

Broome County: 4,519

Chenango County: 250

Tioga County: 2,131

Delaware County: 1,592

Click here for the latest NYSEG power outage numbers. Click here for the latest road closure information from the New York State Department of Transportation.

David Hermanovitch

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