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Cuomo: Upstate Damage is Devastating

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Governor Cuomo assesses damage from Tropical Storm Irene.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says power should be restored to most of New York City on Thursday and to Westchester on Friday, but it could take longer upstate and on Long Island.

Cuomo also says Monday there's no estimate of the damage from Irene statewide because of continuing upstate flooding. He says countless cows have drowned.

He and federal officials say more work is need to assess the amount of federal disaster aid to the state and individuals will need.

Cuomo called the upstate damage devastating, while New York City and to a lesser extent Long Island, suffered less damage than feared.

Cuomo says that even in retrospect he's unsure anything could have been done to better prepare the Hudson, Schoharie and Mohawk valleys for the record rainfall.