Thunderstorms Roll Through WNY

Gov. Cuomo opens up regional emergency operations centers

Tom Puckett
August 04, 2017 - 2:55 pm

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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Thunderstorm activity rolled through Western New York during the lunch hour, and more storms are expected during the afternoon drive.

Thousands are without power according to both NYSEG and National Grid. Buffalo Police report a number of trees downed because of the weather.

Mayor Brown held a news conference Friday afternoon to go over damage from the midday storms. "The impacts have been to trees, traffic signals, and power outages to homes," says Brown. He says the city has received about 90 calls for downed trees. Some of those trees were wrapped in power lines, leading to power outages.

Governor Cuomo has opened up a regional emergency operations center in Erie County. In addition, 100 National Guard members have been deployed to the potentially impacted regions to assist local communities with response and recovery.

Another issue says Cuomo, flooding along Lake Ontario. "With Lake Ontario levels still significantly higher than normal, this weekend's severe weather could have major impacts on shoreline regions and other communities across the state," said Governor Cuomo "I am directing state agencies to pre-deploy key assets and resources to provide any assistance to localities that could be impacted by this weekend's weather. I urge residents to prepare their homes and businesses now for flooding that is expected tomorrow into Sunday."

Cuomo has deployed the following:

In Western New York, assets and personnel include:

  • 25 National Guard Troops with Humvees
  • 1 DHSES Truck with pumps, hoses and lengths of Aqua Dam
  • 2 DHSES High Axle Vehicles
  • 2 DHSES/OFPC Rescue Boats with OFPC Personnel
  • Additional OEM Personnel
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