Cuomo declares state of emergency following Tropical Storm Isaias

Pablo Tucker
August 6, 2020

Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in New York City and surrounding areas on Wednesday and ordered a probe of utility companies a day after Tropical Storm Isaias downed trees, halted commuter trains and knocked out power to more than 700,000 people.

As of Wednesday evening, 703,191 people in the region remained without power, according to the governor's office.

To report a power outage, call Jersey Central Power & Light at 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) or visit its website at and click on the "Report Outage" link, or text to 544487.

With many still in the dark after Tuesday's storm, Cuomo blasted utility companies as having shown "reckless disregard" for storm planning and directed a state regulator to investigate their preparation and response.

"The impact from this storm, in terms of power outages, is greater than Superstorm Sandy", said Michael Hayhurst, Eversource vice president of electric operations in CT. Con Edison said that it's "clear the restoration of all customers will take multiple days". College Point, Maspeth, Middle Village, St. Albans and Ozone Park had large numbers of customers without power, according to the Con Edison outage map.

Officials across the country are grappling with the combined threat of an above-average hurricane season and a public health crisis.

In a post on its Facebook page at 9 a.m., JCP&L said, "Three thousand workers continue working 24/7 to assess damage and restore about 569,000 customers without power due to Tropical Storm Isaias, down from about 753,000 total customers affected".

The hurricane made landfall in the Carolinas on the Monday night, the National Weather Service said.

High-resolution models are showing that some of the storms will likely make it into the New York City metro area by Friday, where localized flooding will be possible.

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