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Gov. Hochul Activates Emergency Operations Center for Heatwave

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Gov. Kathy Hochul has activated the state Emergency Operations Center and 50 members of the New York National Guard to help deal with a heatwave expected to last through the weekend. With temperatures likely to feel over 100 degrees, Hochul announced the opening of cooling stations statewide.

The heatwave is expected to hit Western, Central, and Northern New York and the Capital Region hardest, with peak temperatures from Tuesday to Thursday. Officials warn that this early-season heatwave could have severe effects as people are not yet acclimated to high temperatures.

Hochul highlighted the state’s Home Energy Assistance Program, which provides air conditioners to those in need. The New York Independent System Operator assured there is enough electricity to meet demand. Residents are advised to stay hydrated, take breaks, and avoid leaving kids or pets in cars.