HAMBURG – One person died in Plattsburgh, NY after a tree fell onto their vehicle during this weekend’s wind storm.
Governor Kathy Hochul announced the news during a storm briefing in Hamburg on Sunday. She did not immediately provide specifics on the fatality or the man’s identity.
Heavy flooding impacted several coastline communities along Lake Erie in Western New York with winds gusting up to 80 m.p.h. causing intense storm surge at times late Saturday night.
When asked what could be done to help prevent flooding in the future, Hochul explained, “now with the effects of climate change the situation has gone from bad to worse. A rebuilding project to help those along Lake Erie will be something we could look at in the long term, but won’t help those in the short term.”
As of Sunday afternoon, she says across the region 97,000 people remain without power with a fraction in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties. Officials say some areas may be without power into Monday.
As a result, National Grid is offering customers dry ice on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Murphy Training Center at 665 Brigham Road in Dunkirk.