Storm Hub: 4 Deaths in Lower Hudson Valley

Nanuet's guide to Hurricane Sandy.


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After the storm

Hurricane Sandy has claimed four lives in the Lower Hudson Valley.

A tree crashed through a home in Pearl River at about 6 p.m. Monday, killing a 51-year-old man and placing his family in the hospital.

In North Salem, a tree came down Monday evening, killing two middle school-aged boys.

A motorist on the Sprain Brook Parkway in Greenburgh died due to storm conditions Monday evening, as well, according to state police.

The storm—an amalgam of several foul weather patterns—brought its worst rains and winds through the region between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Monday.

The National Hurricane Center was no longer labeling Sandy a hurricane as of 7 p.m. Monday, as it teetered on the edge of the northeast coastline—but the squall still held amazing power.

Nearly all municipalities in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam declared states of emergency, with evacuations in effect in Port Chester, Piermont, Yonkers and other villages and cities. Hundreds of thousands throughout the three counties will be without electricity for up to a week, power companies have said.

Roads Tuesday afternoon were populated by emergency vehicles, branches and debris; the Tappan Zee Bridge closed for several hours due to whipping winds.

For the latest on everything Sandy, stay with Patch.


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Road closures, Power outages, Transportation

  • No transit fares collected for all rides on all TOR, TZx and TRIPS services thru end of service on Sunday, November 4, 2012. The County is providing emergency based transportation for those that need to travel to the Red Cross Emergency Shelter located at RCC. Call 845-364-8747 to inquire. 

    Orange and Rockland will be distributing dry ice Saturday at Rockland Lake State Park, 299 Rockland Lake Road, Valley Cottage, in the North Parking Lot from 11am to 1pm.
  • Metro North Service Still Suspended for Tuesday
  • Rockland County TOR Bus Service Will Be Stopped At 3 p.m. Monday
  • Update: TZ Opens—The Tappan Zee Bridge reopened Tuesday morning at about 9:45 a.m. The span shut down at 4 p.m. Monday due to high winds; (TZ Bridge Speed Reduction; Possible Closure—Tappan Zee Bridge speed limit cut to 35 mph due to high winds. If winds reach 60 mph or more the bridge will be closed to traffic.)
  • The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will begin the orderly suspension of all subway, bus and commuter railroad service at 7 p.m. Sunday to protect customers, employees and equipment from the approach of Hurricane Sandy. Metro-North to Suspend Service on New Haven Line Sunday Evening
  • Path Service to be Suspended at Midnight; Airlines Expected to Cease Flight Activity
  • Cuomo: Closing Holland Tunnell and Hugh Carey Tunnell at 2 p.m. today
  • RCC is open as a Red Cross Shelter
  • NJ Transit to Begin System Shutdown at 4 p.m. on Sunday


School Closings

  • School Closings in the Hudson Valley
  • UPDATE: Wednesday—All schools in Rockland county are closed for the rest of the week
  • Nanuet School District: Closed Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Clarkstown School District: Closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Pearl River School District: Closed Monday and Tuesday
  • SUNY-Rockland Community College: Closed Monday 
  • St. Thomas Aquinas College: Closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Capri Cosmetology Learning Center: Closed Monday
  • Dominican College: Closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Rockland BOCES: Closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Beth Am Religious School: Closed on Wednesday


What's Open, What's Not, What's Postponed

  • Due to the severe impact of Sandy, the “Recycled Ride’s” gifting cars to Local Veteran and Disabled Veteran program is being postponed from its original date of Thursday Nov. 8. A new date is TBA 
  • Corner Cafe in Nanuet is collecting non-perishable foods for People to People from Monday - Friday, Nov. 5 - 9 from 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Nanuet Community Adult Education classes are scheduled to resume on Monday, Nov 5th. All classes with the exception of Line Dancing and Learn the Internet will resume today.
  • Cable Beverages—"Just letting you know that we are open for business. We sell ice as well as beer and water."—(845) 623-7645 | 176 Route 304, Nanuet, NY 10954—4 p.m. Friday
  • The drawing and HGTV sweepstakes event at Leader Carpet has been postponed.
  • Arcade2Go Tournament at Palisades Center is back on for Saturday 
  • The Spring Valley Rotary 1st annual Poker Run committee has decided to postpone our event until the Spring. (date to be determined). 
  • For Spring Valley residents who need health care in the aftermath of the storm, Refuah Health Center is currently open and offering a full range of primary care services at their two locations in Spring Valley: 728 N. Main Street and 5 Twin Avenue. All patients are welcome and will be served regardless of their ability to pay. Even with power outages in Spring Valley, Refuah has been able to continue to offer services through four of their mobile medical vans at the their site on N. Main Street and their Twin Avenue health center, which had power stored quickly. Contact: Chanie Sternberg, Preseident and CEO at845-216-9300 or Nechama From at 845-558-4709.
  • The New York Sports Clubs that are open are allowing people to come in for showers and to charge up, according to a NYSC rep
  • An initiative has been taken to create a North Rockland Disaster Recovery Fund through The Rockland Community Foundation.  This Fund has been started to help the residents of North Rockland who have been devastated by Sandy. Rockland Community Foundation http://www.rocklandgives.org/
  • Meals on Wheels had to cancel the Wags for Wheels dog walk for this Sunday due to the hurricane situation. They hope to reschedule the walk in the spring
  • Religious School classes at Beth Am Temple will follow our regular schedule this Sunday (November 4). Please note that as of Friday morning, the Temple does not have heat. Please send your children wearing warm clothing and jackets. If bringing your child to school causes you any difficulty due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy, realize that while attendance is encouraged, it's optional for this Sunday. The Temple has internet access and electrical outlets where you can charge your electronic devices, so we invite parents inside for these amenities as well as for light snacks and hot drinks that will be available.
  • Due to the effects of Sandy, Keep Rockland Beautiful's Annual Awards Gala has been rescheduled to Friday, December 7th, 7-10pm at the Rockland Country Club. If you have purchased a table and are bringing guests or if you know of any guests who may not be on our e-mail list, please notify them of this change. Please call Keep Rockland Beautiful at (845)708-9164 if you have purchased tickets but will not be able to attend on this new date. The Gala promises to be a terrific night! We will be honoring individuals and organizations who have contributed to keeping Rockland beautiful (see list below). Enjoy music by The Richard Sussman Trio. We have over 60 wonderful raffle and silent auction items. 
  • The Nanuet Black and Gold Club fundraiser at Jimmy's on Main is postponed until further notice
  • SATs at Clarkstown high schools are postponed. Date TBA
  • Nanuet Hebrew Center: Parent/Teacher Conferences set for Thursday, November 1 have been canceled.  There will be NO Religious school on Thursday, November 1.
  • Nanuet Civic Association meeting for Thursday, Nov. 1 has been canceled.  They plan to resume the regular scheduled meetings on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:15 p.m. at the Nanuet Library.
  • St. Anthony's PREP: Confirmation Retreats scheduled for Thursday Nov. 1 and Friday Nov. 2 will be held at St. Anthony Church in Nanuet, not Stony Point. Times remain the same: 3:45 to 8:30.
  • Alzheimer’s Association offices at 20 Squadron Blvd, New City, remains closed due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy. Telephone systems and electrical power have not been restored as of Wednesday Oct 31. You may still reach the Alzheimer’s Association services via our 24/7 Helpline at 800–272–3900.
  • Jawonio closed for all staff except for residential programs. 
  • Update: Palisades Center's power has been restored. Some stores are currently open. The mall will begin functioning on normal hours starting tomorrow, Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. (Palisades Center is closed for Wednesday) (Palisades Center will be closed Tuesday morning due to power failure. They plan to reopen once the power is restored. Keep checking back for updates.) (Palisades Center will close at 4:30 p.m. on Monday and are undecided as to whether they will open on Tuesday—Few Shoppers and Stores Open at Palisades Mall)
  • Update: Above and Beyond Creative Sewing is now open as of Wednesday. Please call the store (845-623-4313) before coming in from now through Saturday. The roads are dangerous due to debris and many traffic lights not working. Please consider this before coming in this week. The store does have heat and power if you need to charge a cell phone or warm up. If you are enrolled in any classes this week they are cancelled. We will start rescheduling next week. I will contact you directly to tell you about a refund or to give you a new date.. Questions can be directed to Ron Linhart at ron@creativesewingshops.com. (Due to Hurricane Sandy and the State of Emergency, Above and Beyond Creative Sewing will be closed Monday and Tuesday)
  • The JCC will be closed on Monday due to the storm. Please check back with JCC to see the status for Tuesday. There will be no programs on Monday
  • Make a Difference Rockland and the Schoolhouse Rock concert on Monday have been canceled due to Hurricane Sandy. Make a Difference Rockland will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 3:30 p.m. in the High School. the new date for the School House Rock! concert is TBA. If you have any questions, please contact the Family Resource Center at 845-627-4889.
  • Nanuet Community Education announced that ALL classes have been canceled on from Monday - Saturday.  Classes will be made up at the end of the schedule.
  • Rockland Country Day School's Fall Festival & Haunted House is still scheduled on Sunday, but may be moved inside if it starts raining.
  • Rockland Community College say all events—such as the Music To Howl By on late Sunday afternoon—are still on as of right now and it's too early to tell.
  • The Jobs Workshop scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Finkelstein Memorial Library in Spring Valley has been postponed. Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange), who was hosting it, said the workshop will be rescheduled at a later date. To sign up to attend a future Jobs Workshop, please contact Senator Carlucci’s office at (845) 623-3627 or emailCarlucci@nysenate.gov.
  • Clarkstown Taxpayers canceled its General Membership Meeting on "Fighting Clarkstown’s 6.5% Tax Increase" has been canceled. It was originally scheduled for Monday, October 29 at 7p.m. at the New City Library. When it is rescheduled, the date will be announced.
  • Rockland Country Day School's Fall Festival is postponed to a later date due to the approaching storm.
  • The Rockland Job Network meeting has been canceled
  • RCC College Night Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 30 has been canceled and will be rescheduled. 
  • Coupe Theatre Studio is closed Oct. 29-31. All classes are canceled, classes will resume on Thursday, November 1


Patch's full coverage


  • State Officials Fighting for Gas and Power
  • County Executive Limits Gas Sales To 10 Gallons Per Person
  • United Water Relying On Generators To Provide Service
  • A Random Act of Kindness in Response to Sandy's Visit
  • Tonight: Trunk or Treat at Nanuet HS
  • Rockland County Orders Restrictions on Gas Sales
  • People to People Survives Sandy-Related Roof Fire
  • Few Gas Stations Have Fuel
  • FEMA Issues Major Disaster Declaration for Rockland & Westchester Counties UPDATE
  • Cuomo: Homeowners Will Not Pay Hurricane Deductibles
  • P-Cast: Tree vs. House; Gasoline Scarce
  • Consumer Beware After The Storm
  • Two Propane Tanks Rescued From Hudson River Near Tappan Zee Bridge
  • JCC Program Gives Kids A Break From Boredom
  • Rockland County Facing Gas Shortage
  • Storm Related Problems Assistance


  • National Guard To Meet In Rockland On Friday
  • Slow Progress In Clearing Downed Trees & Power Lines To Open Clarkstown’s Roads
  • Southern California Edison Trucks Being Flown In To Help With Recovery
  • Polling Stations Not Immune to Hurricane Sandy’s Wrath
  • Inspectors Checking for Price Gouging at Gas Stations
  • Some Businesses Get Lights Back On Main Street
  • Senator Carlucci Blasts Rockland Gas Stations for Price Gouging Customers
  • Play Soccer And Raise Money for Hurricane Sandy Relief
  • Pearl River Helping Out After Sandy
  • Rockland Businesses Back To Work After Storm
  • Be Aware Of Scams: Check Utility Workers' Identification
  • [UPDATE] Nyack NAACP Candidates Forum Cancelled


  • Nanuet Resident to Bring Entertainment To RCC Shelter
  • Rockland Post Sandy: What’s Open for Essentials and Closed
  • O&R To Post Estimated Restoration Times
  • County Issues Halloween Advisory
  • Halloween: What Should Your Town Do? (POLL)
  • Carlucci Asks FEMA To Declare Rockland County A Disaster Area
  • Shelter Workers Helping Displaced Residents At RCC
  • O&R Warns of Downed Wires as Threat to Trick or Treaters
  • West Nyack Man Wind Surfs During Sandy [VIDEO]
  • Pearl River Downtown Trick or Treating Canceled
  • Worst Storm In 100 Years In Rockland
  • Local Red Cross CEO Describes Post-Storm Efforts [VIDEO]
  • Residents Relying On United Way Post-Sandy


  • 76 Boats Damaged At Piermont Marina
  • Rockland Residents React To Storm Aftermath
  • PHOTOS: Sandy's Aftermath in Rockland County
  • Orangetown: Use "Extreme Caution" Trick or Treating
  • Rockland Bus Service Sparse After Sandy
  • Hurricane Sandy’s Legacy - Power Outages And Downed Trees In Clarkstown
  • [UPDATE] Hurricane Sandy: Number of People Using Shelters Rises with Storm's Intensity
  • Orangetown: 70 Streets Closed Due to Tree Damage
  • Man Killed by Tree Identified as Jeffery Chanin of Pearl River
  • Clarkstown Extends Mandatory Business Closure
  • Indian Point Reactor Shuts Down During Sandy
  • Hudson Valley: Live Chat Hurricane Sandy
  • Most of Rockland Without Power; TZ Opens
  • Police: Yonkers Motorist Dies on Sprain


  • Pearl River Man Killed By Tree; Family Injured
  • Hurricane Sandy: Number of People Using Shelters Rises with Storm's Intensity
  • Boil Water Advisory Affects Certain West Nyack Homes
  • County Executive Restricts Roadways To Emergency Personnel
  • United Water Customers Asked To Conserve
  • Clarkstown Roads Open To Emergency Vehicles Only
  • Few Shoppers and Stores Open at Palisades Mall
  • Vanderhoef Warns Worst Of Storm Yet To Come
  • Astorino: Now is the Time to Evacuate
  • Sandy Closing In
  • TZ Bridge Speed Reduction; Possible Closure
  • Clarkstown Declares State Of Emergency And Activates Emergency Operations Center
  • Only County Bus Service Operating Is TOR
  • UPDATE: Rockland Emergency Operations Center Up and Running


  • State of Emergency Declared In Rockland County
  • Photos: Rockland Braces for Hurricane Sandy
  • Flood-Prone Areas in Stony Point Being Evacuated
  • West Nyack Residents Hope Sandy Isn't An Irene Sequel
  • O&R: All Hands on Deck for Hurricane Sandy
  • Attorney General Warns Against Price Gouging
  • Hundreds Line Up for Generators at Lowes
  • How You Can Prep For Hurricane Sandy [VIDEO]
  • Cuomo Declares State of Emergency for New York
  • UPDATE: NWS Updates Rockland And Municipal Officials On Hurricane Sandy
  • NYS Thruway Preps for Hurricane Sandy
  • Video: MTA Prepping for Storm
  • O&R Prepares For Storm As Severe As Irene
  • Storm Preparation: Do You Have A Checklist?
  • O&R Declares Storm Watch As Severe Weather Approaches


  • Officials: Pack a Family Emergency Kit for Sandy
  • National Weather Service Meteorologist Talks Hurricane Sandy
  • Hurricane Sandy: Don't Rush to Rake Your Leaves


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tom kelty October 28, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Nice picture of people filling sandbags.....too bad I don't know where i can get them or where i might be able to fill them. If only there was a news reporting agency to assist me in this. I thought it would be helpfull to post info like this, I guess I'm the only stupid person in Rockland that doesn't know where to turn.
Issy October 28, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Tom if you really need sandbags, just go to HD/lowes and buy play sand which is already bagged. There again if you are contemplating sand-bags then starting moving your valuables higher.


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