Nor’easter Slams Rockaway
A Nor’easter that brought near hurricane strength winds of up to 75 miles per hour wreaked havoc along the Rockaway peninsula last weekend, dropping several inches of rain and knocking out electricity for more than one third of the peninsula’s residents.
The ferocious storm led to near-record numbers of 911 calls in New York. The City experienced its second-highest volume of 911 calls ever. It got 65,000 between 11 p.m. Friday and 11 p.m. Saturday, second only to the 96,000 made during the 2003 blackout.
According to Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), which serves the Rockaway peninsula’s 33,000 customers, 11,000 lost power at the height of the storm on Saturday night. LIPA service technicians worked around the clock to restore power, but by Tuesday morning there were still 2,370 Rockaway customers left without power, according to LIPA’s website.
One injury was reported at the construction site of P.S 114, where a security guard was struck by flying debris and was taken to Peninsula Hospital Center, treated and released.
The storm even took a chunk out of the pen insula’s newest homes, located throughout the Arverne By The Sea development, much to the surprise of some residents who thought they were built to withstand a heavy storm. The siding came off several homes, shingles were sent flopping around in the wind and a few residents even watched their windows blow out.
Police reported at least four burglaries at the height of the storm as the power outages knocked out alarm systems of most businesses.
New York State Insurance Department announced this week that it has activated its disaster hotline to assist customers with insurance questions following the extensive damage done to most of the metropolitan area. Individuals can call 800-339-1759 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for information regarding what types of claims can be made for cars and homes.