Gov. Cuomo holds news conference in Hamburg

HAMBURG, NY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo arrived at the Hamburg Fairgrounds Thursday to assess the damage caused by Thursday's storm and address the public. 

After seeing the destruction from the EF-2 tornado, one of two tornadoes that hit Western New York Thursday, Cuomo announced 100 National Guard would be deployed to the area to assist with storm clean up. 

Crews are working to help clean up damage from the confirmed tornado that passed through areas of Western New York, including Hamburg, which declared a State of Emergency.

He also said around 200 generators will be provided to help those without power. 

"The number of people without power was as high as 23,000," Cuomo said. He also said other power companies in the state have been called to send additional crews to help restore power. 

Cuomo said there could be financial help on the way, too. 

"It hits a minimum threshold, if it's more than the county can bare, or more than a homeowner can bare, then the state will step in," he said. 

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz issued a no unnecessary travel advisory for southern Erie County from Orchard Park to Wales. In a statement, Poloncarz says that "possible tornadic activity caused extensive damage."

Orchard Park issued a travel ban, but it has since been lifted and a Travel Advisory has been issued in its place for  Powers Road/Ellicott Road South.  

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