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Tropical Storm Isaias

United Westchester press briefing January 4, 2021
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer/United Westchester

After Tropical Storm Isaias in early August left portions of the Hudson Valley without power for days, a group out of Westchester County has issued dozens of recommendations in a report released Monday. They want utility and telecommunications companies to improve storm response.

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Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan, NY
WAMC, Allison Dunne

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Tropical Storm Isais Damage in Dutchess County, Aug. 4, 2020
WAMC, Allison Dunne

A number of New York’s congressional representatives and the state’s two U.S. senators are calling on President Trump to grant New York’s major disaster declaration request. This comes after damage from Tropical Storm Isaias.

Tropical Storm Isaias damage in NYS's 40th Senate District
Courtesy of the Office of NYS Senator Pete Harckham

A New York state senator whose district was slammed by Tropical Storm Isaias last week hopes to remedy one of the outage problems through legislation.

O&R on scene after Tropical Storm Isaias damage, August 2020
Courtesy of Orange and Rockland Utilities

With thousands of Hudson Valley customers still without power from last week’s storm, elected officials have been unleashing their frustration with utility companies. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo weighed Monday, calling out two companies, one that services most of Westchester County. Meantime, the Westchester County executive is calling for the creation of a Utility Reserve Corps.

Central Hudson Dry Ice and Water Distribution, August 6, 2020
Courtesy of Central Hudson

A New York state Assemblyman is urging the state’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to do something about a dry ice shortage.


The Rockland County executive is calling out cellular providers for poor service after Tropical Storm Isaias.

Bear Mountain State Park
Courtesy of New York State

Many parks in New York’s Hudson Valley will remain closed over the weekend due to damage and cleanup from the storm that hit Tuesday. Hikers are urged to be on the lookout for debris and hanging branches on or near trails.

Rockland County workers clean up after storm damage, August 2020
Courtesy of Rockland County government

As outages persist throughout New York’s Hudson Valley following Tropical Storm Isaias, some elected officials are pointing fingers at the response of their utility companies. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for an investigation and some power restoration estimates are still pending.

Tropical Storm Isaias damage in the Hudson Valley
Courtesy of Central Hudson

In light of the widespread power outages from Tropical Storm Isais, a New York state Assemblyman from the Hudson Valley is calling for a study.

a large maple tree on its side in a yard.

Tropical Storm Isaias caused extensive tree damage in the largest city in western Massachusetts.