Our lights will go dark this evening in sympathy for those affected by Tropical Storm Harvey.— Empire State Bldg (@EmpireStateBldg) August 28, 2017
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Over the weekend, tropical storm Harvey brought unprecedented levels of rainfall and flooding to the Texas Gulf Coast, displacing more than 30,000 people and putting Houston, the country's fourth-largest city, in peril. As floodwaters continue to rise, there are plenty of ways to help out those affected by the storm.
In sympath for the millions of people who have been impacted by the storm, the Empire State Building is going dark tonight (as it is wont to do whenever a major tragedy takes place). Also in an effort to assist responders in the Gulf Coast, Governor Andrew Cuomo deployed more than 100 New York Air National Guard Personnel to the region and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City would be sending 120 emergency personnel to Texas.
New Yorkers are no stranger to the crippling effects that a major storm can have on a major metropolitan area—this October marks five years since Superstorm Sandy rolled through the city.