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Lights off at Empire State Building as city shows solidarity for Harvey victims

One of the city's most iconic buildings went dark on Monday to show support for victims of the tropical storm battering Texas.
(Photo from BreakingNNow via Twitter/@BreakingNNow)
(Photo from BreakingNNow via Twitter/@BreakingNNow)

The Empire State Building went dark Monday night in solidarity with those affected by Tropical Storm Harvey. The storm, which made landfall on Friday in Texas initially as a Category 4 hurricane, has hit the state with intense flooding, destroying homes and killing several people as the death toll rises.

New York showed its continuing support for those in Harvey’s path, turning off the lights of one of the city’s most iconic buildings.

However, the city’s response has already gone much further, the FDNY and the NYPD deploying a special team to Texas to provide disaster relief. The 120-member unit has its fair share of experience under its belt, having dealt with Hurricane Katrina and Haiti’s earthquake in 2010. The deployment was announced by Mayor de Blasio just days ago.

Governor Cuomo has also encouraged people to help, tweeting out a notice of crews from New York State being sent to Texas.

While Harvey has already wreaked havoc in Texas, it’s not over yet as officials prepare for the storm to make its way into Louisiana next.