October 31st, 2012
Hurricane Sandy impacts the Hudson Valley
A downed tree at New Windsor School was ripped from the ground as a result of Hurricane Sandy, which caused widespread damage throughout the Hudson Valley on Tuesday, October 30, 2012.
HUDSON VALLEY – The effects of Hurricane Sandy will be felt for some time. While the rain and strong winds may have subsided, the damage caused by the storm may have a lasting impact.
Many counties in the Hudson Valley were under a State of Emergency, as were most cities. In Orange County, Executive Edward Diana called for schools to be closed, along with all county government buildings and parks. Diana also ordered all county, cities, village and town courts in Orange County closed.
“With the potential of downed trees and wires, extended power outages, and road closures it is best for County residents to stay home and to be safe,” Diana said.
As the hurricane moved up the east coast, Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino urged residents to use extreme caution.
“This is not the time to be a hero. This is not the time to be a thrill-seeker,” he said. “This is a dangerous storm.”
Prior to the storm, Astorino suspended all Bee-Line Bus service and paratransit service and closed the Bronx River Parkway.
As the storm passed through the area on Monday night, Orange and Rockland reported that Hurricane Sandy had knocked out power to 200,000 customers. Central Hudson had 82,000 without power. Both utilities were out early Tuesday morning assessing the damage and began the process or restoring power.
It will be days before some people have their power restored. There will be some difficult days ahead as people clean up and recover. It is too soon to know what the economic damage is or what the full impact will be on local cities, New York and the country. But Americans are resilient. New Yorkers are strong. We will move forward.