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Cuomo readying state police, response teams to Puerto Rico ahead of hurricane

As Hurricane Dorian builds strength, it is closing in on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo directed 100 New York State troopers and resources from the New York Power Authority to be deployed to the islands to assist with emergency response. In an announcement Wednesday, the Democratic governor blasted the federal government’s response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. The storms left the island of Puerto Rico battered and without power for months in many areas.

“After President Trump and the federal administration shamefully treated the people of Puerto Rico like second class citizens following Hurricanes Maria and Irma, New York State stepped up to help – and we’re doing it again now,” Cuomo said in an emailed statement.

Maximum sustained winds for the Category 1 hurricane increased to 75 miles-per-hour Wednesday afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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