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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Governor Andrew Cuomo  announced on Sunday that  a crew of 20 employees and volunteers from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation left  for California to help crews there deal with the devastating wildfires.

The volunteers and DEC staff, including many State Forest Rangers, will join California crews and be assigned where they are most needed.

The New York team is expected to support California's firefighting efforts for two weeks.

Homeowners who sustained damage from this year's flooding along Lake Ontario have until 5 p.m. Friday to apply for financial aid from the state. New York leaders appropriated millions of dollars this year to help residents recover from historically high water levels, but there may not be enough to go around.


ALBANY (WSKG) - Governor Cuomo is in Puerto Rico today, assessing damage after hurricane Maria, and bringing some initial supplies to the country. Cuomo spoke just before taking off from JFK airport in a fully loaded plane provided by Jet Blue.

Great Fall Folliage Predicted For PA

Sep 18, 2017

Ryan Reed of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources predicts it will peak a little earlier than usual this year. "One thing I have noticed is in the last month or so, we've had cooler than usual temperatures and that has seemed to accelerate the change," he says. 

Hurricanes in the southern U.S. have captured the nation's attention, and the federal funding used to help communities recover. That's concerning some in New York, where state lawmakers are still seeking federal aid for the months-long flooding along Lake Ontario.

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- After sending dozens of members of its Urban Search and Rescue task force to Texas to help with Hurricane Harvey recovery, Pennsylvania is now sending round of personnel south--this time to Florida, to prepare for Hurricane Irma. 

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NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday the New York Air National Guard was being sent to Texas and Louisiana to assist with flooding from Hurricane Harvey. 

Heavy rains wreaked havoc on Oneida County about a month ago causing flash floods, power outages and destroying some homes. Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited one area on Tuesday to announce funding that may help prevent flooding in the future.


SYRACUSE (WRVO) - It's another wet week in much of central and northern New York, offering no relief to those experiencing flooding along Lake Ontario and in the area. 


ROCHESTER (WXXI) -A months-long drought that started last year seems like a distant memory after an extremely wet spring, but abnormally dry soil conditions in New York State persisted until just  two weeks ago. 

State Of Emergency In Broome County

May 2, 2017
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BINGHAMTON  (AP) — More than 40,000 utility customers are without power after powerful thunderstorms packing high winds rolled across upstate New York.

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - With Lake Ontario's waters continuing to rise. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed state agencies to assist communities for possible flooding. More than 130,000 sandbags have been deployed to the region, as residents prepare for flooding in low-elevation areas.


Governor Cuomo has directed state agencies to assist local communities in Cayuga, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, and Wayne counties for possible flooding issues due to rising water levels on Lake Ontario and is urging all residents in the region to prepare for flooding.  


SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Republican senators have proposed a state budget for this year that includes $3 million towards helping upstate farmers recover from last summer’s drought, the worst the state has seen in decades. In some cases, the dry summer weather resulted in the loss of entire crops.

How Warm Was Winter On The Great Lakes? Plenty Warm

Mar 27, 2017
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BUFFALO (Great Lakes Today) - A new report sums up the crazy winter that brought unusually warm temperatures to the Great Lakes region -- as well as some brutal Lake Effect snowstorms. 


SYRACUSE (WRVO) - The joint effort between New York state and officials in Oneida County to recover from this week's massive snowstorm continue, but some lawmakers say the recovery was hampered by an inaccurate weather forecast that wasted precious time and resources. 

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On Wednesday, Binghamton and Southern Tier residents woke up to Day Two of a record-setting winter snowstorm.

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- Snow has stopped falling for the most part, and roads have re-opened across Pennsylvania. But, it looks as though state lawmakers may take a little more time to get up and running again. Committee meetings remain cancelled for the rest of the week. 

Recapping Winter Storm's Impacts On Pennsylvania

Mar 15, 2017
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KEYSTONE CROSSROADS - The pre-spring storm prompted a wide swath of snow emergencies, cancellations and travel warnings. But it certainly wasn't as blizzard-like and disrupting as weather prognosticators anticipated. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The massive snowstorm that held much of Central and Eastern Pennsylvania captive for nearly a full day may have died down, but the Wolf administration has said the commonwealth isn't quite out of the woods yet. 

Air Travelers Cope With Cancellations, Delays

Mar 14, 2017
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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - n anticipation of the northeastern snow storm, thousands of flights across the country were canceled or delayed Tuesday. The terminal at the Rochester International Airport was eerily quiet, as only a couple of flights were still scheduled to depart. Charlie O’Neil was trying to get to Madison, Wisconsin.

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - A little house on the shore of Lake Ontario is gaining national attention. After being pummeled with water, cold air and high winds, portions of the house that face the lake are covered in thick layers of ice. The ice house, as it's come to be known, is actually one of a string of frozen houses along the south shore of the lake in Webster, N.Y. 

Governor Tom Wolf is urging Pennsylvanians to stay off the roads today, as a major storm dumps snow across the midstate. With nearly a foot and a half of snow expected, Wolf is urging people to postpone unnecessary trips. He says it's a pretty good day to stay indoors.

UPDATED: New York's Travel Bans Lifted, Advisory Still In Place

Mar 13, 2017
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UPDATE (4:29 p.m) Governor Cuomo has lifted all travel and tractor trailer restrictions on roadways across New York State. The tractor trailer bans on the New York State Thruway, I-81, I-86/Rt. 17, I-87 from Albany to the Canadian border and I-88 will be lifted effective immediately. The Broome County travel ban has also been lifted. 

Clean Up From Fierce Windstorm Continues

Mar 10, 2017
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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - The sounds of chain saws echoed through many neighborhoods on Thursday, particularly in Irondequoit which was hit hard by this week's wind storm. That's where Amber Lamanna lives, and she was flying back from Chicago, but her plane was diverted because of the high winds.

Snowza' Comin'? Great Lakes Warmer Than Normal.

Dec 2, 2016

(WXXI) New heat maps from NOAA show the startling change in water temperatures across the Great Lakes this year. 

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Even though your lawn might be a bit greener in recent days, the Rochester Finger Lakes region is still experiencing a severe to extreme drought. 

Rain, Rain Is Here To Stay (For A Couple Days)

Sep 30, 2016
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Forecasts call for a couple of rainy days ahead. And while the rain has been steady, it's not expected to completely erase the dry conditions that developed over the past few months. The region is short of the usual rainfall total at this point, and while today and tomorrow will help, National Weather Service meteorologist Greg DeVoir says it probably won't be enough.

When people hear the word drought, they likely think of California. But there's also an extreme drought in parts of New England. The Northeast is experiencing the worst drought in more than a decade.

How To Help Your Trees and Lawn Survive Drought

Aug 16, 2016

Some trees are starting to change color and shed leaves, a sign that they have been stressed by the severe drought in the region. Laurie Broccolo of Broccolo Tree and Lawn Care says it's important not to fertilize an older, existing tree, but there are some things you can do to help your trees survive the abnormally dry conditions.