Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in New York Wednesday afternoon in order to provide local governments with additional clean-up and operational support following Tropical Storm Isaias.
As of Wednesday evening, there were still 703,191 New Yorkers without power.
Suffolk County, where 160,000 remained in the dark, are among the counting included in the declaration. The others are the Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland and Westchester. There are 6,490 power outages remaining on the East End.
The declaration came after Cuomo announced an investigation earlier Wednesday into the operations of utility companies before, during and after the storm due to what Cuomo said was the apparent lack of adequate planning.
“We’re taking an all-hands-on-deck approach and activating every resource at our disposal to expedite communities’ recovery from the impacts of Tropical Storm Isaias,” Cuomo said. “The State is working closely with local governments to help ensure they have the help they need to get back on their feet. We’re far too familiar with severe weather, but New Yorkers show their true spirit in times of crisis and we’ll prove it once more.”
Tropical Storm Isaias moved quickly through the eastern portion of the state, bringing down trees and wires and causing more than 920,000 power outages overall.
Cuomo also announced that the New York National Guard will mobilize 50 soldiers with vehicles to assist Putnam County officials with storm response, cleanup missions and ice and water distribution.