Storm Hub: 4 Deaths in Lower Hudson Valley

New City's guide to Hurricane Sandy.

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.



As of 1 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, United Water New York customers could resume using water in their homes, as the utility restored operations at the Lake DeForest Water Treatment Plant. The plant was off line since Monday morning when a two-inch air valve was damaged on the main. 


Road closures and power outages

  • 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.
  • Tappan Zee Bridge closed at 4 p.m. Monday 


Cancellations and rain dates

  • Clarkstown Schools closed Wednesday, Oct. 31
  • Clarkstown Schools are closed Tuesday, Oct. 30.
  • County TOR bus service will be suspended at 3 p.m. on Monday.
  • The National Honor Society blood drive scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Clarkstown North High School has been cancelled.
  • Rockland Community College's College Fair scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 30 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.
  • Clarkstown Schools will be closed on Monday, Oct. 29.
  • Rockland County & RILC Press Conference on Tuesday, Oct. 30  at 11 a.m. has been canceled.
  • The Rockland Job Network meeting has been canceled.
  • JCC Rockland closed Monday.
  • Rockland BOCES is closed Monday.
  • Rockland Commmunity College classes and activities are canceled.
  • Rockland Country Day School's Fall Festival is postponed to a later date due to the approaching storm

  • St. Thomas Aquinas College will be closed Monday 10/29 & Tuesday 10/30
    • 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 email Carlucci@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. 
    • 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 Zumba classes have been canceled on Monday, Oct. 29 and Wednesday, Oct. 31. These 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.


    What's Open

    Palisades Center was open until 4:30 p.m. Monday.

    Government Services

    This statement was issued on Sunday, Oct. 28 - The U.S. Postal Service is monitoring the course of Hurricane Sandy and taking actions to prepare facilities and employees in its projected path. As the storm makes landfall and the impacts become known, this Mailer Service Update page will be updated to keep customers advised of its impacts to USPS operations and facilities. 


    Patch's full coverage


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    • 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


    Do you know of an event cancellation? Please add it to the comment section attached to this article and update the event in our free Patch calendar to notify the community.

    Robin Traum (Editor) October 28, 2012 at 08:26 PM
    The Rockland County Office of Fire & Emergency Management advises residents to expect 2-6 inches of rain and 40-60 mph winds after sunset.
    Robin Traum (Editor) October 28, 2012 at 09:24 PM
    Clarkstown Schools are closed on Monday.
    fred October 29, 2012 at 12:00 AM
    Is the government offices open?
    fred October 29, 2012 at 12:00 AM
    Is the gov. Offices open tomorrow?
    Dzeldaz October 29, 2012 at 09:12 PM
    Unless the mall is open as an evacution center, why are employees there?
    Paul Curtis October 29, 2012 at 09:41 PM
    You may want to bookmark this comprehensive weather prediction page and pass the link on to others... http://www.realityisfree.com/weather.html
    Robin Traum (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 01:56 PM
    Those West Nyack, Grand View and Piermont customers under a boil water order from the county Health Department and United Water should plan to continue boiling water for drinking and cooking uses. The company anticipates that the boil water advisories will remain in effect through the weekend. Affected customers should continue to boil water until further notice. Robin


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