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Hochul warns extreme weather ‘the new normal,’ stresses preparation

June 24, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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STATEWIDE — GOV. KATHY HOCHUL said Sunday that the past week’s intense heat wave and upstate storms representthe new normal,and people need to prepare for more to come. She made the remarks in an interview on MSNBC’s PoliticsNation with Reverend Al Sharpton.We are in the throes of a heat wave, the likes of which we’ve never seen, these high temperatures at this early date in the year,she told Sharpton, adding,We’re experiencing tornadoes. Right now, tornado warnings in Upstate New York. Rather uncommon for this time of year.Hochul said it’s important to check in on senior neighbors, make sure they have plenty of water and keep cool. She also encouraged people to be mindful of children and pets. 

The governor described intensive incident command center preparations with her team last week to game out scenarios.What if it becomes 120 degrees? What if we have people overflowing in hospitals? Are they ready?she said.

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