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Cuomo headed to U.S. Virgin Islands to survey hurricane damage

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is headed to the U.S. Virgin Islands on Friday to survey damage from Hurricane Irma, his office announced.

Cuomo plans to identify ways New York can assist in the islands' recovery.

"New Yorkers stand with the U.S. Virgin Islands in their time of need, and it's important to understand the full scope of the destruction in order to provide the kind of targeted assistance that will help the victims of this storm get back on their feet," Cuomo said in a statement.

The islands' governor, Kenneth Mapp, asked Cuomo to come survey the damage, Cuomo's office said.

After the Sept. 6 storm, Cuomo deployed to the islands 130 Airmen from the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing, three rescue helicopters, two search and rescue aircraft and three Zodiac inflatable rescue boats to assist with the rescue efforts.

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