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Cuomo declares state of emergency in large swath of NY in aftermath of Isaias

Tropical Weather New York
Posted at 4:39 PM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 19:13:53-04

NEW YORK — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in several counties Wednesday in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias.

The state of emergency covers: Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester Counties.

"Additionally, the declaration will also apply to those counties bordering the 11 specifically stated in the declaration, as that is standard practice," officials said. "As such, Columbia, Ulster and Sullivan will also be covered by the order."

Hundreds of thousands of people in the state were left without power after Isaias battered the region. More than 700,000 were still dealing with outages when Cuomo announced the state of emergency.

"The large volume of outages and the utilities' failure to communicate with customers in real time proves they did not live up to their legal obligations," Cuomo said. "The fact that many customers still do not know when their power will be restored makes it even more unacceptable. The worst of this situation was avoidable, and it cannot happen again."

Gov. Phil Murphy had declared a state of emergency in New Jersey before the tropical storm reached the area.