WHEREAS, pursuant to Executive Order No. 178, a disaster has heretofore been declared due to a Nor’easter which caused widespread power outages throughout Dutchess, Putnam, Sullivan, Westchester and surrounding counties, travel disruptions and road closures, uprooted trees, damage to homes, apartments, businesses, and public and private property;
WHEREAS, a second Nor’easter with sustained winds of 30 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour with gusts of 40 miles per hour affected the Mid-Hudson Valley Region, dropping more than 20 inches of heavy, wet snow in the region, at times falling at a rate of 3 inches per hour. The impact of this storm worsened existing conditions due to heavy snow loads on roofs, power lines and trees; and
WHEREAS, the continued loss of power to more than 38,000 customers adversely affects a variety of critical systems including communications services, and such sustained disruption of the power supply and its cascading damage to other critical systems, as well as the continued prevalence of downed utility lines, have jeopardized the health and safety of New Yorkers.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, ANDREW M. CUOMO, Governor of the State of New York, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the Laws of the State of New York, do hereby amend Executive Order 178 to include the county of Rockland beginning on March 9, 2018. This Executive Order shall be in effect until March 23, 2018.
G I V E N under my hand and the Privy Seal of the State in the City of Albany this ninth day of March in the year two thousand eighteen.
BY THE GOVERNOR
Secretary to the Governor
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