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Cuomo offers hurricane support to Florida, Haiti

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Posted at 10:48 PM, Oct 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-07 23:16:37-04

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is offering state resources to help hurricane victims in both Haiti and Florida.

On Friday, Cuomo announced the state would be dispatching emergency management personnel to help Florida recover in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. The team will begin a 14-day deployment on Sunday morning at Florida's Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee and provide command and general staff assistance. 

The governor also said additional personnel and resources are prepared for dispatch as they are requested by states dealing with the hurricane.

The governor also released a statement recognizing the more than 800 lives lost in Haiti.

"We extend our thoughts and prayers to the families affected by this terrible tragedy, and while we are still trying to understand the full extent of the storm’s damage, we ask New Yorkers to stand together to provide support through disaster relief efforts," Cuomo said.

The state has set up a webpage for New Yorkers to donate to hurricane relief efforts in Haiti. The webpage provides links to credible non-for-profit organizations that work in Haiti.

To access that webpage, click here.

Hurricane Matthew lessened to a Category 2 hurricane Friday afternoon.

By Saturday, it is expected to be near or over the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina.