HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB/NEWS10) — On Sunday, at 1:30 p.m. Governor Kathy Hochul held a press conference that updated New Yorkers on the State’s response to hurricane-force winds that impacted most of the state overnight and knocked out power for nearly 300,000. Some locations, including the City of Dunkirk, Niagara Falls Airport, and the City of Buffalo, experienced more than 70 mph winds during the storm.
The Governor mobilized state utility internal, contract and external contract, and mutual assistance resources in response to the effects of the weekend’s weather event, as high wind warnings were issued for counties across the Western New York, Finger Lakes, and North Country regions. Collaborative efforts of State and local emergency managers and utility crews from both the State and several out-of-state locations have been deployed.
According to officials nearly 10,000 State and out-of-state utility crews will continue today to work on restoration to the remaining 97,000 customers still without power. They say high wind warnings have expired, however, winds up to 40 mph are expected in some locations today.
“Last night, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers lost power as a severe weather system swept across the State, bringing hurricane-force winds to several places, especially in Western New York,” Governor Hochul said. “Thanks to the collaborative efforts of State and local emergency managers and the hard work of utility crews from both the State and several out-of-state locations, more than half of those affected by outages have since been restored.”
Watch the live stream above.