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Storm Hub: 4 Deaths in Lower Hudson Valley

Nyack and Piermont'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.

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Open:

  • Casa Del Mare in Upper Nyack is now OPEN as well. Serving Pizzas and a small Hot Food menu
  • Free Bossy Frog Band Boredom Relief Concert Thursday Nov 1 at 11 a.m. Nyack Farmers Market. Come in costume and get candy

Road closures, power outages, safety info, 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.
  • Update:(Sign on Nyack Village Hall: Q&A with Mayor Jen Laird-White Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. on village hall steps)
  • Metro North Service Still Suspended for Tuesday
  • Fallen tree shuts Route 9W in Piermont
  • Tuesday: Soup Angels has food at Nyack Village Hall for guests and first responders. 
  • Village of Nyack Declares State of Emergency
  • Orangetown Declares State of Emergency
  • Update: Rockland Bus Service Sparse After Sandy (Rockland County TOR Bus Service Will Be Stopped At 3 p.m. Monday)
  • Residents of sections of Piermont have been asked to evacuate due to the impending high winds, rain and tidal storm surge.
  • 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.)
  • Nyack Dept. of Public Works is out of sandbags.
  • 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.
  • From Nyack officials: "We ask that during the storm residents stay off the roads and at home unless travel is absolutely necessary."
  • Nyack Village Hall will remain open and an operator will be available for phone calls. In the case of a power outage, Village Hall calls will be rerouted to a manned Village of Nyack Cell Phone.
  • There will be free parking available in the Nyack Village lots for those requiring it. Free parking will begin Sunday and continue, as of this time, until Wednesday morning. Parking enforcement will be suspended village wide for the duration of the storm with the exception of our alternate side of the street rules. Residents MUST observe alternate side of the street rules to allow for safe passage of Emergency Vehicles. Vehicles not observing alternate side rules, if necessary and possible, will be towed.
  • 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

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School Closings

  • School Closings in the Hudson Valley
  • UPDATE: Wednesday—All schools in Rockland county are closed for the rest of the week

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What's Open, What's Closed, What's postponed

  • Several businesses in Nyack are back up and running, such as Lanterna, which opened for Lunch on Saturday
  • 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. 
  • SATs at Clarkstown high schools are postponed. Date TBA
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • Jawonio closed for all staff except for residential programs.
  • The Nyack School Board Open Forum meeting scheduled for Tuesday evening at the Nyack Center is postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.
  • The JCC will be closed on Monday and  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.
  • The Spook House Halloween event at Empire Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1, 330 North Broadway, Upper Nyack, has been postponed indefinitely. It was set for Halloween night, but is on hold.
  • 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.
  • Due to storm preparations, there will be no Nyack leaf pickup in the upcoming week. Please do no put leaves into the street.
  • 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. (Rockland Country Day School's Fall Festival & Haunted House is still scheduled on Sunday, but may be moved inside if it starts raining)
  • The Rockland Job Network meeting has been canceled
  • RCC College Night Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 30 has been canceled and will be rescheduled. 
  • The Nyack Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) meeting has been delayed until Nov. 5.

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Patch's full coverage

Friday

  • 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
  • Rockland County Orders Restrictions on Gas Sales
  • People to People Survives Sandy-Related Roof Fire
  • Nyack Chamber: Business Curfew for 10 p.m.
  • 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

Thursday

  • Nyack Bar Owners To Meet Village Officials Friday
  • National Guard To Meet In Rockland On Friday
  • Letter to Editor: South Orangetown Schools Status
  • Slow Progress In Clearing Downed Trees & Power Lines To Open Clarkstown’s Roads
  • Southern California Edison Trucks Being Flown In To Help With Recovery
  • Piermont Facing Difficult Recovery From Sandy
  • Most NJ Transit Bus Service To Resume Thursday
  • Polling Stations Not Immune to Hurricane Sandy’s Wrath
  • Inspectors Checking for Price Gouging at Gas Stations
  • Nyack Alcohol Ban Until Street Lights Return
  • 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

Wednesday

  • Nanuet Resident to Bring Entertainment To RCC Shelter
  • Rockland Post Sandy: What’s Open for Essentials and Closed
  • Part of Nyack: Power Back On
  • O&R To Post Estimated Restoration Times
  • Piermont: Curfew Remains for Wednesday Night
  • 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

Tuesday

  • 76 Boats Damaged At Piermont Marina
  •  Streets
  • 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

Monday

  • 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
  • Nyack Closes All Roads to Regular Traffic
  • Clarkstown Roads Open To Emergency Vehicles Only
  • Route 9W Closed by Fallen Tree in Piermont
  • 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
  • Orangetown Declares State of Emergency
  • Village of Nyack Declares State of Emergency
  • Hurricane Sandy: Nyack Waterfront Begins to Feel the Pounding
  • Live Chat Hurricane Sandy with Patch
  • 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

Sunday

  • 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
  • Piermont Police Recommend Evacuations
  • Red Cross Launches Multi-State Response to Hurricane Sandy
  • Metro-North to Suspend Service on New Haven Line Sunday Evening
  • MTA Suspends Service Starting at 7 p.m. on Sunday
  • Residents Prepare for Sandy's Onslaught [PHOTOS]
  • 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

Saturday

  • Officials: Pack a Family Emergency Kit for Sandy
  • National Weather Service Meteorologist Talks Hurricane Sandy
  • Hurricane Sandy: Don't Rush to Rake Your Leaves
  • Hurricane Sandy: Upper Nyack Firefighters Postpone Annual Spook House
  • Orangetown Prepares For Storm

 

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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.

ny October 27, 2012 at 10:32 PM
this photo dose not give a right reading for ny compared to other web sites
Stacey October 28, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Rockland Country Day School's Fall Festival is postponed to a later date due to the approaching storm.
Kim Tran (Editor) October 28, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Thanks Stacey! I'll add it to this and other Rockland Patch Storm hub articles.
Michael Zaretsky October 29, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Anyone know what the story is for Nyack College?
William Demarest (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 05:09 PM
The Nyack Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) meeting has been delayed until Nov 5.

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