March 3, 2018
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Deploys National Guard and Senior Administration Officials to Assist Communities with Storm Recovery Operations

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100 National Guard Members and 30 Vehicles Deployed to the Hudson Valley

More than 270,000 New Yorkers remain without Power

Restriction on Tractor Trailers, Buses, and High Profile Vehicles from the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge Lifted at 4PM

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced he is deploying 100 members of the New York National Guard as well as senior administration officials to communities throughout the Hudson Valley to assist with storm recovery and power restoration operations. The National Guard deployment will begin Sunday afternoon with 100 members and 30 vehicles out of Camp Smith in Westchester County. They will be assisting state officials to assist county and local officials with efforts ranging from debris clearance to traffic control. Additionally, administration officials are currently on site helping lead recovery efforts in the four hardest hit counties -- Director of State Operations Cathy Calhoun has been deployed to Dutchess County, Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Roger Parrino is in Putnam County, Public Service Commission Chair John Rhodes is in Westchester County and New York Power Authority Regional Operations Superintendent Mark Olig and Kimberly Harriman, Senior VP of Public & Regulatory Affairs in Sullivan County. The New York State Emergency Operations Center remains open to further support local and state partners during recovery operations.

"We are deploying the National Guard and senior officials to ramp up recovery efforts and ensure the thousands of New Yorkers impacted by this storm are getting the help they need," Governor Cuomo said. "Some travel restrictions and advisories remain in effect, and I urge drivers to stay off the roads so that the National Guard, first responders and utility workers can assist those that need help."

All winter weather watches and warnings have expired. A Wind Advisory is in effect until 6:00 p.m. this evening for Westchester County, and the New York City and Long Island Regions. A sustained north wind of 20 mph to 30 mph with potential gusts to 50 mph, will remain through the day. Flood warnings remain during the high tide cycles of coastal areas of the New York City and Long Island regions.  Continued minor and moderate coastal inundation, beach erosion, and over washes can be expected through the weekend during these high tide cycles and will bring significant beachfront flooding and erosion through Sunday with areas of dune erosion and localized over washes

Power Outages

Currently, there are more than 270,000 customers without power as a result of the storm. New York's utilities have a total of 4,070 in-house workers and contractors working on storm restoration efforts. This total includes resources obtained through mutual assistance. Con Edison has 445 line and tree workers on hand, plus 15 additional contractors; Central Hudson has 300 line and tree workers on hand, plus 50 additional contractors; PSEG Long Island has 705 line and tree workers, including 300 FEMA contractors, along with 110 additional contractors; National Grid has 1,200 line and tree workers on hand, NYSEG and RG&E have 905 line and tree workers on hand, plus 100 additional contractors and O&R has 240 line and tree workers on hand. 

Additionally, the New York State Power Authority has deployed its transmission team to Central Hudson to help fix their 69 KV sub transmission system and 31 line workers and 13 bucket trucks from its municipal utility customers are headed to Central Hudson. Additionally, NYPA is activating its contract with Michaels, its utility contractor, to send up to 200 line workers from Wisconsin and Iowa to help with restoration efforts.  

Below is a breakdown of outages by county:

 Outages
Albany923
Allegany7,205
Bronx3,916
Broome1,940
Cattaraugus8,490
Chautauqua652
Chemung439
Chenango970
Columbia11,046
Delaware4,766
Dutchess30,771
Erie1,720
Fulton740
Greene7,778
Herkimer681
Kings114
Livingston1,565
Madison319
Montgomery1,095
Nassau11,595
Oneida3,622
Onondaga132
Ontario167
Orange3,225
Oswego115
Otsego473
Putnam24,222
Queens6,231
Rensselaer1,598
Rockland2,594
Schenectady170
Schoharie356
Schuyler2,063
Steuben4,872
Suffolk1,427
Sullivan22,980
Tioga1,032
Tompkins319
Ulster12,419
Westchester84,616
Yates1,853

Travel Restrictions

At the Governor's direction, the Thruway Authority issued a ban on all high profile vehicles on the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. This restriction included all tractor trailers, buses, box trucks and other high profile vehicles and will be lifted at 4:00 p.m. today. The similar bans on the Throgs Neck, Whitestone, and Verrazano Bridges, as well as I-88 between Binghamton and the New York State Thruway have all been previously lifted.

Motorists are reminded that State Law mandates that if an intersection is "blacked out" and the traffic signal is not operational, the intersection is automatically a "four way" stop. In the event of closed or blocked roadways due to flooding, downed power lines or debris, motorists are advised to exercise caution and obey all traffic signs or barricades in place, regardless of whether a roadway looks clear. 

Flight Cancellations and Delays

LaGuardia and JFK airports are open and anticipating a close-to-full schedule with residual weather-related delays after a day that saw more than 1,100 cancellations between the two airports (728 cancellations at LaGuardia; 451 at JFK).  As of 1:00 PM, approximately 48 flights have been cancelled in and out of LaGuardia and approximately 83 flights have been cancelled in and out of JFK.  Travelers are urged to contact their carrier to determine flight status before arriving at the airport.

Railroads

Personnel from the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad have been working throughout the storm and its aftermath to clear dozens of fallen trees, repair weather-related problems affecting signals, railroad crossings, and traction power infrastructure, and assist public utility companies as they attended to fallen utility poles blocking the tracks.

Long Island Rail Road

Most LIRR branches are operating on or close to schedule. PSEGLI and LIRR personnel are attending to fallen PSEGLI power lines and/or utility poles between Great Neck and Port Washington, in Malverne and Yaphank, and along the Oyster Bay Branch. As a result, LIRR is providing limited substitute bus service between Great Neck and Port Washington, between Greenport and Ronkonkoma, and along the West Hempstead Branch and the Oyster Bay Branch. The LIRR expects that PSEGLI will have all repairs completed in time to allow the railroad to return to normal service for Monday morning's rush hour. 

Metro-North Railroad

Metro-North is operating on or close to schedule on the Harlem Line, Hudson Line and New Haven Line. Buses are substituting for trains along Metro-North's New Canaan Branch until further notice as crews work to repair weather-related issues. 

New York City Transit has strategically positioned personnel and additional staff to respond to fallen trees and monitor flood-prone locations. The Department of Subways is responding to downed trees across above-ground portions of the system in the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn. Staten Island Railway is also experiencing service disruptions due to downed trees. Buses continue to have diversions due to flooding and trees on some roads. 

For the most updated service information go to mta.info.

Governor Cuomo urges residents to stay away from any lines that are down as they may be live, and offers the following safety tips: 

Prepare for Power Outages

If You Lose Power

  • Call your utility provider to notify them of the outage and listen to local broadcasts for official information. For a list of utilities, visit the New York State Department of Public Service Check to see if your neighbors have power. Check on people with access or functional needs.
  • Use only flashlights for emergency lighting - candles pose the risk of fire.
  • Keep refrigerators and freezer doors closed - most food requiring refrigeration can be kept safely in a closed refrigerator for several hours. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for approximately four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours.
  • Do not use a charcoal grill indoors and do not use a gas stove for heat - they could give off harmful levels of carbon monoxide.
  • In cold weather, stay warm by dressing in layers and minimizing time spent outdoors. Be aware of cold stress symptoms (i.e., hypothermia) and seek proper medical attention if symptoms appear. 

After a Power Outage

  • Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40° F (4°C) for two or more hours, or that has an unusual odor, color or texture. "When in doubt, throw it out!"
  • If food in the freezer is colder than 40° F and has ice crystals on it, it can be re-frozen.
  • If you are concerned about medications having spoiled, contact your doctor.
  • Restock your emergency kit with fresh batteries, canned foods and other supplies.
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