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Cuomo, Duffy call for better storm prep

Albany, N.Y. - They're calling it the new norm; state leaders want New Yorkers to be better prepared for extreme weather.

After looking at the damage around Monroe County, Lt. Governor Bob Duffy said these powerful storms are a new reality, and people need to be ready so they know what to do and how to stay safe.

Through increased education and improved infrastructure, Duffy said the state is working to make sure people are more prepared for the dangers and damages brought in with these storms.

While many areas still in recovery mode, Duffy said the state has started to shift resources to rebuild and make some preemptive improvements, "(T)o help support the people impacted by these storms but also in terms of investing in ways we build and do some proactive stuff so some of the damage is not as severe in the future."

In Farmington, winds took down 21 utility poles on Bowerman Road and knocked out power during Tuesdays storm.

"Our street right out here looked like a war zone," said resident Kathy Vedro. "I mean there was (sic) literally poles lying in every direction, there was glass, piece of metal laying the street."

While crews put up new, shorter poles Wednesday, Duffy talked about a different solution. "Things like power lines - it's a huge expense but underground power lines, we have them in some areas but not all over."

When poles started to topple toward Vedros houseshe didnt know what to do. Like many of her neighbors, Vedro stood at the window and watched the storm.

"I probably should have grabbed my son and ran into the basement," she said. "No I don't think were prepared for this - we're prepared for ice storms, not thunderstorms that do this much damage." 

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