State Of Emergency Issued For 4 N.Y. Counties After Nor'easter

March 04, 2018 - 11:34 am

ALBANY, N.Y. (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for four counties in the wake of the nor’easter that pounded the area last week.

The nor’easter left hundreds of thousands without power around the area after it struck on Friday.

The state of emergency is in effect for Dutchess, Putnam, Sullivan, and Westchester counties. Cuomo also announced he has deployed 100 more members of the New York National Guard to help with recovery operations.

"In the wake of this week's destructive winter storm, I am declaring a state of emergency across Dutchess, Putnam, Sullivan and Westchester Counties and am doubling the deployment of National Guard members assisting with recovery operations," Cuomo said in a news release. "This is an all-hands-on-deck situation and the people of the Hudson Valley should know that New York State is doing everything we can to restore power and help them recover as quickly as possible."

Meanwhile, Westchester County Executive George Latimer issued a state of emergency declaration Sunday for the county. It will allow him to streamline county services and make direct emergency orders for storm relief.

As of 5 p.m. Sunday, there were still more than 200,000 customers without power around the area – and many people were plenty frustrated.

There were cots set up at the shelter in Somers Sunday morning, but a woman named Muriel thought others more in need than she should use them. She slept at home.

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“It was freezing,” Muriel said. “I wore thermal underwear under my pajamas, and my scarf and socks. But once I got into bed with 34,000 blankets, I was fine.”

On the third day without power, many blamed the New York State Electric and Gas Corporation for not maintaining a more reliable electrical system. But Janet Parks said the Friday storm was overwhelming.

“I figured when it happened, it was big,” she told 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern.

NYSEG said it is working diligently to repair lines with crews from as far away as Canada.

Meanwhile as of Sunday morning, Con Edison had restored power to 62,000 customers – though more work remained. Outages within New York City were down to 4,500 Sunday morning, but the greatest challenge was Westchester County, where downed wires were scattered and often not easily visible.

Con Ed expects most Westchester residents will have power back Monday, with 90 percent restored by Tuesday night. As of Sunday morning, crews had restored power to 32,000 customers in Westchester County.