Sandy Snow

By Ian Murphy • Nov 23rd, 2012 • Category: News

On Wednesday, November 7th, a nor’easter struck New York and New Jersey, leaving residential areas blanketed with up to six inches of wet snow. This occurred just one week after Hurricane Sandy worked its way along the East Coast, a storm that left 185 people dead and thousands more with flooded homes and without electricity.

“I’ve been hearing some terrible stories about Sandy,” said Janna Allen of New Brighton, Staten Island, who had only lost power for two minutes after the hurricane. “I heard some guy had a tree knocked onto his house. I expected some branches to fall, but not an actual tree.”

Staten Island residents who had lost power since the end of Hurricane Sandy suffered the worst of the nor’easter. Those without any operational heating system noted the nor’easter as particularly trying due to wind gusts of up to 40 mph. The snowstorm also knocked down power lines that were loosened due to Sandy. Over 600,000 residents of both New York and New Jersey who had managed to get their power back after the hurricane ended up losing it again.

“It’s not really about getting power back,” said Staten Island Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member John Tidona. “Now it’s more about survival.”

On the night of the nor’easter, several Staten Islanders who live on the corner of Forest Ave. and Bard Ave. gathered outside their homes to warn any and all passersby of a power line that was dislodged by a pileup of wet snow. “We plan to do this all night if we have to,” said one such resident before they could determine whether the line was live or not.

Some areas of Staten Island, however, managed to make it through the storm without suffering any major damages, and the Staten Island Ferry remained operational throughout the nor’easter. The Ferry was closed for approximately two days after Sandy hit Staten Island.

The more fortunate residents of Staten Island, such as Ms. Allen, were inclined to donate clothes, food, and other basic essentials to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. She said she would continue to plod through this second hit of very bad weather as if it was any other snowstorm.

“Snow makes it hard to get around when you have to commute,” said Allen, “ but this storm could have been a lot worse.”

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