NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — This winter has been one of the coldest in years and it has left many to figure out the best way to deal with the harsh elements.
As CBS 2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported, with temperatures in the single digits and snow blanketing the region, many elderly residents are having a tough time getting around.
“(You have to be careful.) Oh Yes, especially when you walk. (You could fall.) That’s what kills old people: falling,” 92-year-old Aida Amplo said.
Nassau County’s public safety chair told Gusoff that this kind of cold is the kind that can kill. “You’re in a rush to get into your nice, warm car or nice, warm house and that black ice there – you’re gonna get hurt. So just be careful, slow down,” Leg. Dennis Dunne said.
Following a bitter blast of cold only two weeks ago, even younger New Yorkers are begging Mother Nature to give it a rest, Gusoff reported.
“It’s very cold and I have hand warmers and feet warmers in and it’s still cold,” one resident said.
“I’m wearing snow boots and two layers underneath and I’m coping,” another resident told Gusoff.
Gas station attendants who brave the cold all day say the secret to surviving is the right clothing and a positive attitude. “I have to drink a lot of tea. Hot tea and a lot of clothes,” Willie Fernandez said.
Parents taking their kids outside for some fun say it’s all about hats, gloves, scarves and layers. “You just have to make sure that everybody is protected.”
The deep freeze is not only taking its toll on people, but cars too – batteries surrendering to the cold. “It was good last night. I used it and left the car in my driveway. Come back this morning and turn it on, and it’s gone, absolutely it’s gone.”
Like it or not, it looks like this arctic air is here to stay, at least until the weekend.
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