Governor Cuomo is traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands on Friday, along with an assessment team from his administration.
The team will survey damage caused by Hurricane Irma and identify how New York can provide additional assistance.
Governor Mapp, of the U.S. Virgin Islands, requested that Governor Cuomo travel to the region to survey the damage.
Hurricane Irma hit the U.S. Virgin Islands on September 6, leaving St. Thomas and St. John heavily damaged after powerful winds at speeds greater than 150 miles per hour. Much of St. Thomas and St. John has been devastated and still remains without power as residents struggle to recover from the storm.
In the immediate aftermath of the storm, Governor Cuomo deployed 130 Airmen from the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing, three HH-60 Pave Hawk rescue helicopters, and two HC-130 search and rescue aircraft and three Zodiac inflatable rescue boats to assist with initial search and rescue efforts.