Residents of Belle Harbor, Queens, recalled their harrowing experience during the horrors of Superstorm Sandy on “60 Minutes” Sunday.
The storm dropped 3.9 inches of snow in Central Park as of 11 p.m. Wednesday night. In fact, this storm was on track to be the biggest snowstorm on record in October or November. The previous record in Central Park for those months was 4.4 inches in November of 1989.
There were two obvious things about Breezy Point on Election Day — the utter desolation caused by Sandy and the number of American flags still flying.
A week after Superstorm Sandy, the new battle was with the insurance companies, with homeowners being told they will have to wait up to two weeks for adjusters to assess the damage.
More than 1,500 members of the New York City police force were directly impacted by Superstorm Sandy, but had no choice but to get to work and help the city cope.
Superstorm Sandy has tested the faith of many, but Sunday mass was packed in Breezy Point, Queens – one of the areas hit hardest by the storm.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the city expects that it will have to find housing for 30,000 to 40,000 people.
Families returned to Breezy Point, Queens, on the Rockaway Peninsula Wednesday night, after a devastating fire decimated their tight-knit community.
The megastorm Sandy caused 13-foot storm surges in the city. The storm also downed trees and knocked out power to thousands.
It happened in the Breezy Point section on the Rockaway Peninsula, which had earlier been flooded by Sandy. Nearly 200 firefighters have been on the scene since about 11 p.m. Monday.
Bloomberg said that while those who defy the evacuation orders will not be arrested, he cautioned that it would be a selfish decision because it would potentially put first responders at risk if the residents need to be rescued.
The two twisters that touched down Saturday are the latest of about 60 small tornadoes that have hit the area in the past
half-century, the years for which complete data are available.
Damaging storms that spawned tornadoes in Brooklyn and Queens have turned a normal day of rest into a day of cleaning up on Sunday.
Someone allegedly trespassed onto Gateway National Park restricted land, ripped open netting that protects the struggling piping plovers and removed and crushed eight baby eggs that were days from hatching.
Nearly 270,000 New Yorkers live in the low lying areas most susceptible to flooding and wind damage. The mayor has to decided to get them out of their houses before buses, subways, and commuter trains shut down at noon Saturday, and bridges possibly close as well.