LEWISBORO, N.Y. – Just when you thought it was safe to go outside, Lewisboro residents were bracing to endure more of Mother Nature’s worst as a nor’easter bears down upon the town Wednesday with an expected snow accumulation of 2 to 5 inches.
Nearly all of the power that was lost in Hurricane Sandy had been restored, but the new storm is causing setbacks, Deputy Supervisor Peter DeLucia said.
“We are going backward now,” DeLucia said. “We just lost a section of Goldens Bridge [power], but I’m not sure how many. The snow is just coming down unbelievable. We have 3 to 4 inches now.”
DeLucia said he was worried that more damaged trees would fall, resulting in more power outages.
“You can see it stacking up higher and higher on the trees, and the pine trees are really starting to bend,” he said. “I am definitely concerned; it’s scary. And with the wind picking up later tonight, it could be a problem.”
Supervisor Peter Parsons was close to lifting the state of emergency he issued last week when Hurricane Sandy hit, but thought better of it as the new storm moved into the area, DeLucia said.
“He decided not to do it in order to make sure we are covered,” DeLucia said.
Some residents who just had their power restored now have their fingers crossed it will stay on.
“I live in Twin Lakes in South Salem,” Lisa Mango said. “We just got our power back last night (Tuesday) at around 6 p.m. and now I'm terrified it will go out again with this storm.”
The Westchester County Emergency Operations Center has advised that the peak of the new storm will be 7 p.m. to midnight Wednesday, with winds of 25 to 30 mph and gusts of 60 mph.
Meanwhile, Westchester County remains on full alert. “The same rules that applied to Sandy apply to this storm,” said County Executive Rob Astorino. “I urge residents to use common sense and err on the side of caution. Sandy claimed three lives in Westchester and every precaution should be taken to ensure public safety.
"It’s best to stay indoors Wednesday night. Any residents who remain without power should consider taking shelter with friends or relatives or in their local community warming shelter.”