Nor'easter: What Westchester, Hudson Valley residents need to know

White Plains public works employees Danny Cisterna, Carlos

White Plains public works employees Danny Cisterna, Carlos Mejia and Emil Barile sharpen a blade on a city vehicle as they prepare for the nor'easter headed to the Hudson Valley later Wednesday. (Nov. 7, 2012) (Credit: Xavier Mascareñas)

Advisories

The Hudson Valley is dealing with a nor'easter that arrived late Wednesday morning and will linger until sometime Thursday morning.

A coastal flood watch has been issued for the Sound Shore area, and a high wind warning, with gusts possibly approaching 60 miles per hour, has been issued for southern Westchester County. The rest of the Hudson Valley is under a high wind advisory, with gusts that could top 45 miles per hour.


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Closings

Some schools in the Hudson Valley will be closed Thursday.

List of school closings

Outages

More than 500,000 homes lost power in Westchester, Rockland and the Hudson Valley during Hurricane Sandy. Some 50,000 are still in the dark. The nor'easter could delay the restoration of power to Hudson Valley homes and businesses still left in the dark and could even cause new outages.

Con Edison and Orange & Rockland Utilities had estimated that most service would be restored by the weekend, but full restoration could take weeks.

To report an outage, call:

• Orange & Rockland Utilities, 877-434-4100. Outage map

• Con Edison, 800-752-6633.  Check Con Ed estimates on power outage fixes

• Central Hudson, 800-527-2714. Outage map

• NYSEG, 800-572-1131. Outage map

Flights

Airlines have cancelled most flights in and out of the New York area. Newark Liberty, LaGuardia and Kennedy airports will remain open but Port Authority officials are warning passengers to check with their carriers before heading out. Westchester County and Stewart airports will remain open, but carriers were grounding many flights.

Flights grounded

Roads

The Hugh Carey (Brooklyn Battery) tunnel remains closed after Sandy. One tube of the Queens-Midtown tunnel will be open to rush-hour commuter buses only. One tube of the Holland Tunnel is open to commuter buses only.

Traffic update

Transit

Metro-North resumed service on its branch lines.

LIRR has limited service on the Babyblon, Port Jefferson, Port Washington, Ronkonkoma and City lines. 

Limited New York City subway service is being offered on parts of the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, A, C, D, E, F, G, J, L, M, N, Q, R, the Franklin Avenue and 42nd Street Shuttles. New York City buses are running.

Expect delays as the MTA continues to recover from Sandy.

Full list of MTA service restorations

Amtrak is offering Acela and Northeast Regional services at a reduced frequency in the Northeast Corridor. Most long-distance trains will operate normally.

Traffic and transit alerts

Westchester and Rockland have been declared federal disaster areas as a result of Hurricane Sandy. This makes local residents and businesses eligible for federal relief assistance.

Disaster assistance

To qualify, those who have unreimbursed losses must first register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency by visiting www.DisasterAssistance.gov.  

You can also apply via smartphone at m.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.

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