NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Residents of areas devastated by Superstorm Sandy are heeding warnings as a massive winter storm intensifies.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is urging those still without heat from Sandy to seek shelter.
“Call 311 and we’ll be sure to find you shelter,” he said. “Certainly, if you or someone you see has symptoms like uncontrolled shivering or disorientation, that may very well be hypothermia and hypothermia can be deadly. So anyone with these symptoms should get someplace warm immediately.”
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Bloomberg also warned residents living in low-lying coastal areas that flooding may occur as the storm barrels through the Tri-State.
“Because of the likelihood of moderate coastal flooding, the FDNY has pre-positioned a number of its waterborne rescue units in the city’s low-lying coastal areas and the NYPD has emergency service units in those areas as well and they’ll be beefing up police patrols,” Bloomberg said.
In Red Hook, Brooklyn, many residents said they aren’t taking any chances.
“I think it’s serious,” one person told 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg.
“Sometimes the weatherman gets it right,” another added.
Parts of Sea Gate, Brooklyn still look like a war zone from Sandy as residents continue to struggle.
“I’m scared to death. I’m really am scared,” said resident Patricia Cirillo.
On Staten Island, at a tent shelter set up for Sandy victims still living without power, volunteers used tarps and a makeshift drain to keep the bad weather out. Manager Donna Graziano said she feared the new storm would keep her regulars away.
“A lot of residents don’t have the means to cook anything,” she said. “I’m sure for tonight they’ll make arrangements, but it’s heartbreaking to me because I hear their cries every day. I give them their hugs.”
Some New Dorp residents displaced by Sandy said they’re worried about what the winter storm would bring.
“I got nothing else,” resident Dom Camerada told CBS 2’s Steve Langford. “I don’t even have a will to go forward if this happens again.”
Camerada, his wife and four children are still trying to recover from Sandy.
“It’s just another curve ball thrown by Mother Nature,” he said.
“After that big storm, of course we’re upset,” said one woman. “I’m afraid again — of weather, of nature.”
Out in the Rockaways at the packed Hess station on Cross Bays Boulevard, Vito Vitali filled up his tank and three gas cans.
“I thought the worst was behind us and this is probably still the beginning,” he told WCBS 880′ Marla Diamond.
His Howard Beach home took on six feet of water during Sandy.
“It’s kinda like a little bit nerve-wracking, you know, it’s like, oh my God, when is this gonna end, you know?” he said.